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May 05 14:13

Tony Blair acts as character witness for Ehud Olmert in corruption trial

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to the defense of Ehud Olmert as a character witness in the corruption trial against the former Israeli premier in the country’s Supreme Court.

May 05 13:54

UK voting system 'unfair'

A London-based political commentator believes that the voting system in the UK is unfair as it fails to truly represent political parties in the parliament.

May 05 09:47

Top cop Bettison 'tried to concoct a story of drunken fans' at Hillsborough

Memorial to those who died at Hillsborough (Picture: Edmund N Gall) A former chief inspector was part of an internal police group tasked with blaming football fans for the Hillsborough disaster, a court has heard.

Some 96 Liverpool fans died as a result of the 1989 disaster. John Barry and Mark Ellaby gave evidence to fresh inquests into their deaths last week.

They were on a part time business course with then chief inspector Norman Bettison at the time of the disaster.

May 05 08:05

The passion of a pumped prime minister – or the delusions of Dave?

Bloody Pumped Dave’s fantasies then became even wilder. “This election is between two teams,” he said, windmilling his arms to pumped-up pumpedness. Aston Villa or West Ham, presumably. “Do you want a home secretary who told Abu Hamza to sling his hook?” Casual racism and gags about disability are also unfortunate side effects of being bloody pumped.

“Do you know what makes me so mad?” he shouted, hitting a near-ecstatic crescendo. “I hate the way Labour supported the banks and gave knighthoods to bankers.” Dave was so bloody pumped he had forgotten that most of his best friends – and donors – were bankers. But the pumped up pheromones were having some effect on the audience, as a woman fainted and had to be carried out.

Did Dave stop or even notice? Hell, no. When you’re this bloody pumped you’re in the zone. Not a zone, though, that allows for any questions from either the audience or media.

May 05 05:17

Egg thrown at David Cameron as protestors greet Prime Minister's campaign visit to Bath

While the protest appears to have been peaceful, with placards waved and chants made, at least one egg was thrown at the Prime Minister.

The protestors included supporters of the Green and Labour parties.

The Green Party's candidate for Bath, Dominic Tristram, was among the protestors. He said: "I was proud to be part of the demonstration outside David Cameron's 'secret' rally today, along with our NE Somerset candidate Katy Boyce.

"While the Conservatives are staging events closed to all but a carefully vetted audience, a large number of which came from outside Bath, the protesters were holding him to account over his ideological attack on the welfare state and destruction of our NHS."

May 04 22:00

The UK and Real Democracy

We trust the general public to reach correct decisions in our jury system. There is no reason why they should not be equally effective in political decision-making provided they were protected from distorting influences.

May 04 14:59

Row breaks out over UK tour of Palestinian play

The play, backed by $22,000 of UK government funding, investigates the 2002 siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

May 04 09:29

Ed Miliband is a f****** communist, says Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher has warned Ed Miliband is a 'f******* communist' who will 'fail us all' if Labour wins the election next week.

The former Oasis guitarist admitted that he did not plan to vote on Thursday because he could not 'get behind' any of the parties.

His foul-mouthed outburst at Mr Miliband is a long way from New Labour's Cool Brittania heyday, when he happily posed for pictures with Tony Blair in Number 10.

May 04 08:20

UK may impose internet rationing as electricity depletion looms

Britain could face mandatory internet rationing as web electricity consumption threatens to consume the country’s entire power supply, experts warn.

Internet rationing or increasing costs in order to update infrastructure might be required, otherwise fiber optical networks will reach their limit within the next eight years, The Independent quoted Professor Andrew Ellis as saying on Sunday.

The capacity people have been able to reach has been doubling every two years, he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The difference between a net connection carrying data and a net connection waiting for data is miniscule. This is the start of an attempt to limit access to the net by ordinary citizens, to drive them back to the corporate media propaganda machine!

May 03 15:27

Amnesty International browbeaten by pro-Israel propaganda outfi

Stuart Littlewood examines the professional propaganda effort behind a failed petition to distract the human rights watchdog Amnesty International from the crimes committed by the state of Israel against the Palestinian people.

May 03 11:16

Gaza Crisis “Unsustainable and Intolerable”

Carter and Brandtland are two of The Elders, “independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity”.

In her statement following the visit, Brundtland, who is currently the Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:

We came here to visit Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. "As you know, we were unable to go to Gaza...."

The two of them, a 90 year old former U.S. president, and his much younger colleague from Norway, have become a crusading international dynamic duo determined to end the immediate Gaza suffering that is both “unsustainable and intolerable”.

May 03 10:59

Israeli developer in deep doo-doo after bulldozing historic pub in London

An Israeli property development will be ordered to reconstruct an historic London building that it demolished without permission, according to the London Evening Standard and other media.The company, Tel Aviv-based CLTX Ltd., called in bulldozers earlier this month to demolish the Carlton Tavern, a pub dating back to the early 1920s in Maida Vale, west London.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now you know how the Palestinians feel!

May 03 08:06

Hellstorm – Exposing the Real Genocide of Nazi Germany

This documentary tells the tale that the victors still do not want you to know. Learn the terrible truth about the rape, torture, slavery, and mass murder inflicted upon the German people by the Allied victors of World Word II. This is the biggest cover-up in world history.

May 02 17:57

Britain faces Bank Holiday Gridlock

May 02 08:47

'Red Tory scum!' Ugly scenes in Glasgow as pro-independence crowd accuse Ed Miliband of being a 'traitor' as he tells Scots 'it's a clash of values, not nations' and urges them not to desert Labour for SNP

Angry protesters shouted 'traitors' and brandished 'Red Tory scum' placards ahead of Ed Miliband's speech in Scotland today.

The Labour leader urged voters not to 'gamble' on the SNP and insisted his opposition to a post-election deal with Nicola Sturgeon's party is for 'principled reasons'.

Scottish independence protesters demonstrated in front of Labour supporters and played The Muppets theme tune before Mr Miliband arrived at the General Election rally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is that the Scottish Independence Referendum was stolen, and the Scots know it! Miliband had to be on drugs thinking he was going to convince anyone to support Labour over the SNP after that insult.

May 02 07:57

BBC Jimmy Savile abuse report delayed at police request

The publication of the report into sexual abuse at the BBC has been delayed after police said it could prejudice ongoing investigations.

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May 02 07:55

Who is Angela Merkel working for and why?

The claims that Merkel’s government knew about German state intelligence spying on behalf of the Americans against the country’s own industrial interests raise disturbing questions about the integrity of German government leaders.

May 02 07:51

Aid organisation run by David Miliband is forced out of Ukraine after being accused of spying by pro-Russian rebels

A group of Western aid workers for an organisation headed by former Foreign Secretary David Miliband have been thrown out of pro-Moscow eastern Ukraine on suspicion of 'espionage'.

The move against the International Rescue Committee (IRC) comes one week ahead of Britain's election that could lead to his brother Labour leader Ed Miliband emerging as prime minister, and will be seen as a warning shot by the Kremlin.

A Russian news agency with close ties to the Russian secret services aired footage of seven US and EU nationals being loaded onto a coach bound for Kiev from the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic.

May 02 07:37

Lord Janner was still director of his firm THREE WEEKS ago, it emerges as damning dossier alleges police chief allowed peer to molest young boys

Lord Janner served as a company director until six days before being ruled too unwell to be tried for suspected child abuse.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders sparked outrage when she said his dementia meant he could not understand what would happen in a courtroom.

Yet less than a week earlier, the Labour peer was at the top of a list of company directors for his firm West Heath Road Seasons Ltd.

May 01 20:29

The Day After Damascus Falls

The Saudi-Israeli alliance has gone on the offensive, ramping up a “regime change” war in Syria and, in effect, promoting a military victory for Al-Qaeda or its spinoff, the Islamic State. But the consequences of that victory could toll the final bell for the American Republic, writes Robert Parry.

If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets the same fate as Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, much of Official Washington would rush out to some chic watering hole to celebrate – one more “bad guy” down, one more “regime change” notch on the belt. But the day after Damascus falls could mark the beginning of the end for the American Republic.

May 01 15:13

Is Merkel a CIA Asset ?

Is Merkel an asset for American intelligence, serving the geopolitical interests of Washington rather than the good of her own nation, or the wider good of Europe?

The claims that Merkel’s government knew about German state intelligence spying on behalf of the Americans against the country’s own industrial interests raise disturbing questions about the integrity of German government leaders.

The apparent betrayal of German national interests by Chancellor Angela Merkel is not only evident over the recent industrial spying scandal on behalf of America, the slavish pursuit by Merkel of Washington’s anti-Russian policy over Ukraine — in contradistinction to her country’s national interests — also cogently suggests that the chancellor is serving a foreign master.

May 01 14:44

Hypocritical Tory MP Under Fire For Betraying Voters

Another Tory MP is facing criticism for betraying voters in Stevenage, UK.

As part of his election promise in 2010, conservative MP Stephen McPartland guaranteed voters that if elected, he would take the role seriously and be a 'full time' MP. However it has now emerged that McPartland has several secondary employment roles that create significant earnings for him.

May 01 14:05

Former BBC presenter Rolf Harris facing more child sex abuse charges

Former BBC presenter, member of the British establishment and convicted paedophile, Rolf Harris, is facing a slew of new charges following a 'full file' of fresh evidence had been presented to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

May 01 10:11

Sterling slides as manufacturing slows

Sterling has fallen sharply against the US dollar after growth in the UK manufacturing sector slowed markedly in April.

Financial data company Markit said its monthly Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for manufacturing fell to 51.9 in April from 54 in March.

Although a figure above 50 still indicates expansion, the fall was the biggest since February 2013.

May 01 09:25

British police spend £36 million per year on propaganda

Police forces spend tens of millions on public relations each year, with the Met alone employing over 100 ‘communications’ staff and an operating budget of over £10 million, documents released under Freedom of Information (FoI) show.

The investigation, carried out by the Press Gazette, has revealed there are 775 PR staff working across 38 national police forces. Over 200 kids with mental health problems locked up by police Besides the 38 forces that responded, a further four ignored the request, two claimed to be exempt from answering and one did not address the question.

May 01 08:26

Almost one third of London men are too fat to see their own genitals, study finds

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe that's why they spend so much time looking at little boys' genitals? :)

May 01 07:56

‘Dictator-arming’ BAE boss must resign from BBC Trust, say activists

A petition signed by thousands has been delivered to the BBC calling for the removal of its new vice-chair, Roger Carr, because of his continued chairmanship of BAE Systems, Europe’s biggest arms company.

Delivered on Thursday morning by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), the petition was signed by 6,350 people with the aim of having Carr removed.

May 01 07:42

‘Gaza used as arms-testing laboratory’: British Jews condemn UK-Israel arms trade

Manchester Jews for Justice for Palestinians have harshly criticized the “UK’s complicity in Israeli war crimes” in an open letter and called for an end of the arms trade between the UK and Israel.

“We deplore the UK’s complicity in Israeli war crimes, most recently the massacres and destruction of homes and livelihoods in Gaza last summer,” the group wrote in a letter published on the blog Mondoweiss.

“It is well known how Israel has expelled the Palestinian population from their land and enforced a systematic, military and illegal occupation against those that remain. What is less well known is that the UK has been aiding and abetting Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.”

May 01 07:22

Secondhand car supermarket Carcraft collapses leaving hundreds without jobs and thousands of customers out of pocket

Used car supermarket Carcraft has fallen into administration, leaving 500 people without jobs and potentially thousands of customers out of pocket.

Customers have been warned that any existing warranty, MoT, roadside assistance or servicing deals they have with the firm are no longer valid.

Administrators Grant Thornton have confirmed that they will be getting in touch with customers to tell them that their contracts with Carcraft won't be honoured and no longer provide them with any cover.

May 01 07:19

Large-scale military training exercise underway in Alberta – Canadian, U.S. and British personnel involved

Approximately 6,750 military personnel from the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the United States and the United Kingdom are taking part in the largest Canadian Army exercise of the year at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre at Wainwright, Alberta, until May 23, the Canadian military announced today.

This year’s training is the largest and most complex Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE to date.

May 01 07:14

Victory for civil Rights activists – GCHQ snooping illegal

In a major victory for civil rights activists, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the body which considers complaints about UK government surveillance, has held GCHQ guilty of illegal surveillance and monitoring of privileged attorney-client communications. Coming down heavily on the agency, the Tribunal has also directed it to destroy all material it collected as a result. The messages to be destroyed are communications belonging to Libya rendition victim, Sami-al-Saadi. Saadi, a fierce Gaddafi critic, was captured in a joint CIA-MI6 ‘rendition’ operation in 2004 in Libya, along with his wife and children between the ages of 6 and 12.

May 01 06:48

How the British Government are gagging critics

“Every election is a referendum. The winner is the person who sets the question”.

This mantra, passed from campaign manager to campaign manager down the generations, is key to understanding how political communication works. You don’t win by having the best answer. You win by setting the question.

Apr 30 19:31

RBS has lost £50bn since the taxpayer paid £46bn to save it: State-backed giant lurches to a £446 million loss

"Sounds good to me!" - Certified Ball Street Wanker

Apr 30 07:29

Hillsborough inquests: Police boss 'asked to concoct story'

A former South Yorkshire Police chief told a man who witnessed the Hillsborough disaster he was asked to "concoct a story" blaming drunk Liverpool fans, the inquests heard.

Sir Norman Bettison was on a business course in Sheffield with John Barry in 1989, whilst serving as a chief inspector, the jury was told.

Mr Barry said the conversation took place in a pub in the city.

He told the jury he was "stunned" and "staggered" at what Sir Norman said.
Inquests are being held into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans following a terrace crush at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989.

Apr 30 07:24

I may quiz Janner myself, says head of abuse inquiry: New experts to decide on his dementia

Suspected paedophile peer Lord Janner faces questions by the judge leading the national inquiry into historic child sex abuse.

Justice Lowell Goddard said she will take personal responsibility for examining the actions of the former Labour MP, and will bring in her own medical experts to determine whether it is possible to confront the 86-year-old over the avalanche of allegations against him.

The announcement is a shot across the bows of Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders, who ruled this month that Janner should not be charged.

Apr 29 15:39

Suspected Establishment Paedophile Lord Janner May Still Face Prosecution

Lawyers representing a group of people who allege they were sexually abused by the former Labour MP Lord Janner say they are to seek a judicial review of the decision not to prosecute him.

Apr 29 14:03

FLASHBACK 2010 - David Cameron: Israeli blockade has turned Gaza Strip into a 'prison camp'

David Cameron used a visit to Turkey to make his strongest intervention yet in the intractable Middle East conflict today when he likened the experience of Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip to that of a "prison camp".

Although he has made similar remarks before, his decision to repeat them on a world stage in Turkey, whose relations with Israel have deteriorated sharply since it mounted a deadly assault on the Gaza flotilla, gave them much greater diplomatic significance.

Cameron's comments, in a speech to business leaders in Ankara, prompted the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to issue another strong condemnation of how Israel dealt with the flotilla.

Apr 29 12:40

Will The Real WWII Hero Please Stand Up?

Only 13 percent of Europeans believe that the Soviet Red Army played a key role in liberating Europe from Nazism during the Second World War, an ICM Research poll for Sputnik news agency has found.

Apr 29 12:23

The rape of justice: Damning new evidence of Labour peer Lord Janner's child sex abuse covered up by police and social workers for over 20 years

Police and social workers were told more than 20 years ago that the peer took a vulnerable boy to Labour Party offices and Parliament before molesting him in his marital bed.

Apr 29 10:12

Hull Council apologises for 'printing error' on ballot paper

Around 484 people living in east Hull who registered to vote by post after 1 April 2015 were sent out the ballot paper with the printing error.

Hull East Constituency candidates Karl Turner, standing for Labour, and Sarah Walpole, standing for the Green Party were missing from the ballot papers.

The council says ballot papers are being re-issued with a slip explaining the error.

Apr 29 09:18

All MPs' expenses receipts to be published after judges throw out bid to keep them secret

All MPs' expenses receipts will have to be published after a court threw out a bid to keep them private.

The Commons expenses watchdog, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, had launched a bid to keep MPs' original claims secret.

But the Court of Appeal ruled today that it must release all the copies of receipts and invoices which have been submitted by politicians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those gallon bottles of K-Y Jelly bought at the same time as those boxes of lollipops are going to raise some eyebrows, I think! :)

Apr 29 09:14

UK’s Cameron defends 2014 Israeli war on Gaza

Cameron said in an interview with the UK-based Jewish Chronicle on Tuesday that Tel Aviv had a right to “defend” itself when it began its war on Gaza last July.

Israel started airstrikes against the besieged Palestinian territory in early July 2014 and later expanded its military campaign with a ground invasion. The war ended in late August that year.

Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in Israel’s 50-day onslaught and over 11,100 others, including nearly 3,380 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people, were injured. Tens of Israelis were also killed during the war.

Cameron said it was “important to speak out” about standing by Israeli.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except that Israel launched the attack against Gaza over three murdered Israeli teenagers in the West Bank, which Israel blamed on Hamas even though local police said there was no evidence to suggest Hamas was involved.

Apr 28 19:31

What Makes Brussels More Equal Than Others

Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad ran a little article recently that we’re surprised no other news organization picked up. It concerned a proposal in the European Parliament in which the parliamentarians got to vote on raising their own paycheck (always a good idea). The best thing about the story is that not everyone voted in favor.

Most did though. It much amused me to see that apparently it was Angela Merkel’s party, the German Christian Democrats, which was behind the proposal. Initially, they had even wanted double what they actually got. Here’s some numbers and details – and please forgive me for not being a math wizard -.

Apr 28 12:39

New World Order: The Founding Fathers

“One wintry afternoon in February 1891, three men were engaged in earnest conversation in London. From that conversation were to flow consequences of the greatest importance for the British Empire and to the world as a whole.”

So begins Professor Carroll Quigley’s book The Anglo American Establishment. It may read like a John Le Carre thriller, but this was no spy fiction. The three staunch British Imperialists who met in London that day, Cecil Rhodes, William Stead and Lord Esher, were soon joined by Lords Rothschild, Salisbury, Rosebery and Milner, men whose financial, political, and administrative powers set them apart. Some of these names may not be familiar to you, but that is a mark of the absolute success of this group. From the outset they insisted on secrecy, operated in secret and ensured that their influence was airbrushed from history. They believed that white men of Anglo-Saxon descent rightly sat at the top of the racial hierarchy and they fully understood the impending threat from a burgeoning Germany whose modern, expanding economy had begun to challenge British hegemony on the world stage.

The above named elites drew up a plan for a secret society that aimed to renew the bond between Great Britain and the United States [1] and bring all habitable portions of the world under their influence and control.

Apr 28 12:38

Embracing the Saudi War on Yemen

Saudis have been helped by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has relied on the powerful Israel Lobby and his own rhetoric to divert the U.S. Congress from a focus on Al-Qaeda and its hyper-brutal spinoff, the Islamic State, to Iran, which both Saudi Arabia and Israel have designated their primary regional enemy.

Fearful of further offending the powerful Saudi-Israeli alliance, President Obama is deploying the U.S. Navy to seal off poverty-stricken Yemen so the Saudi air force has free rein to pummel its regional rivals from the air while the population faces a humanitarian crisis on the ground, reports Robert Parry.

Apr 28 12:34

Argentina: A Case Study of Israel’s Zionist-Wall Street Destabilization Campaign

Israel’s widespread practice of recruiting Jewish citizens and officials of other countries to serve as vehicles of Israeli policies has the potential to foment a new and possibly violent backlash, once the greater population has been made aware of such treasonous activities.

Apr 28 08:44

Defence contractor run by Colonel Tim Collins OBE under investigation for fraud in Afghanistan

A defence contractor run by one of Britain’s best-known military figures is under criminal investigation by the US government’s watchdog against fraud and waste in Afghanistan, The Independent can reveal.

It can also be revealed that the company founded by Colonel Tim Collins OBE – who is best known for delivering a powerful speech to his men on the eve of the Iraq war – is facing questions over a $176m (£116m) US contract to train Afghan security forces in counterinsurgency.

Apr 27 15:25

London Metropolitan Police still uses 35,000 Windows XP computers

Today, the Metropolitan Police Force illustrated just how integral Windows XP still is to many workplace IT systems. Responding to a Freedom of Information Request issued by technology news site Motherboard, the Force said: "We have currently got 35,640 Desktop and Laptop computers running Windows XP across all departments [within the force]."

The force has not yet responded to follow-up questions from Motherboard and has not issued any expected date for when it will stop using XP. In the meantime, the systems are vulnerable to un-patched security loopholes and can be more easily exploited by attackers than newer, generally-supported operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Apr 26 22:01

Washington Choreographing All-Out War with Russia?

The provocation to Russia has to be seen in the wider even more troubling context of American-led NATO build-up of troops, warplanes, warships and missiles across Eastern Europe – and all pointed at Russia.

The reckless American leaders are putting in place incendiary elements that heighten the risk of all-out war with Russia.

With the reported arrival of 300 American paratroopers in Ukraine collaborating with Kiev’s Neo-Nazi National Guard brigades – the worst offenders over the past year’s fighting in eastern Ukraine – that development is an alarming harbinger of imminent conflict.

Of utmost concern is that the US military forces have reportedly moved into the Donetsk region near the conflict zone.

Apr 26 21:56

Declaring Independence from Israel — It’s Way Overdue!

I am convinced that a new Declaration of Independence will be good both for the United States and for Israel.

As a prologue to the injuries suffered by the United States, I cannot put it any better than did America’s Founders:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation:”

Apr 26 14:09

Rail firms under fire for planning fare hikes of up to 87% that are due to come in just ten days after the election despite main parties vowing price freeze

Passengers travelling from Charlbury, the Oxfordshire station nearest to his constituency home, can currently purchase an off-peak return to London costing £33.30.

This allows them to leave at 9.42am, outside the morning peak, but return on one of the four services that go from London during the evening peak period.

But from May 17, these customers will be forced to pay £62.40 if they want to come home on one of these trains - an 87 per cent increase.

Apr 25 20:14

Lord Janner detective: We had proof to charge child sex politician 20 years ago... But top brass told us to stop

A senior detective who investigated child abuse allegations against Labour politician Greville Janner has revealed he was ordered to drop the case 'from the very top' – despite uncovering compelling evidence to charge him.

Breaking a 24-year silence over the scandal, former Detective Inspector Kelvyn Ashby told The Mail on Sunday that during an investigation lasting several months in 1991, he found vital clues that backed up claims that Janner had molested a teenage boy at his marital home and a hotel.

Last night the retired policeman spoke of his anger after being ordered not to arrest Janner because he was an MP.

Apr 25 14:03

Censorship at Britain’s Southampton University

Lawrence Davidson explores why Zionists were so afraid of an academic conference that had been set to take place at Southampton University that they pulled all the strings to get it cancelled.

Apr 25 13:18

Mexico Police – Trained to Kill

This is an outrage!

Sixteen people killed in cold blood by the Mexican Federal Police; unarmed people of an auto-defense movement – in January 2015; just discovered by a team of investigative journalists.

Mexicans well remember the mass killing of 43 Ayotzinapa students of last September, unarmed students of a college that caters to the rural poor, who were protesting the government’s education reform which would make school unaffordable for the poor. Their killing was provoked by the police in connivance with drug cartels.

They train armies and police in their 'client' states to assure oppression whenever there is a chance that people may claim their civil rights. This is what empire does.

Apr 25 13:12

UK election: What the parties say about Palestine

“Law” and “justice” are words that seldom if ever pass the lips of our politicians when discussing the ‘Palestine Question’ — or shouldn’t that be properly called the ‘Israel Question’? In the UK there is still no rush, it seems, to deliver law or justice to the situation after 100 years of betrayal.

Britain’s ferocious warmongering in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, and efforts to destabilize Syria, caused havoc in those countries and earned us a reputation for human misery making. This week our misbegotten chickens came home to roost in an unbearably distressing way as desperate refugee-migrants drowned at sea hundreds at a time.

Apr 25 13:05

Galeano Died — Revolution Goes On!

In Latin America, Eduardo Galeano was revered as a giant of letters, as a symbol of rebellion, of revolution, and of the fight for justice.

“Utopia is on the horizon,” Galeano once wrote. “I move two steps closer; it moves two steps further away. I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away. As much as I may walk, I’ll never reach it. So what’s the point of utopia? The point is this: to keep walking.”

Galeano told me that he was in love with two ladies, both splendid, both fragile, both tremendously desirable. One was called Utopia, the other, Reality.

Both are dangerous to the masters of the world, to Empire, because one gathers dreams, including dreams for a better world, while the other one bravely tells the truth.

Apr 25 12:46

Will Washington Kill Us All? — Paul Craig Roberts

The demonization of Russia and its leader by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, and the rest of the American Propaganda Ministry, by almost the entirety of the House and Senate, and by the White House makes reducing the threat of nuclear war impossible.

How much confidence do you have in Washington? How many times has Washington–especially the crazed neocons–been wrong?

Did you know that Washington keeps 450 nuclear ICBMs on “hair-trigger alert”? Washington thinks that this makes us “safe.” The reasoning, if it can be called reason, is that by being able to launch in a few minutes, no one will try to attack the US with nuclear weapons. US missiles are able to get on their way before the enemy’s missiles can reach the US to destroy ours.

If this makes you feel safe, you need to read Eric Schlosser’s book, Command and Control.

Apr 25 09:17

HSBC attacked for political blackmail

SCANDAL-HIT HSBC was accused of pre-election blackmail yesterday after threatening to relocate its headquarters abroad if Britain considers pulling out of the European Union.

The banking giant is considering escaping regulation after being hit by levies that cost the group a combined £860million in the past two years after crackdowns of money laundering and foreign exchange rigging.

Apr 25 06:56

Decent lives destroyed by the Post Office: The monstrous injustice of scores of sub-postmasters driven to ruin or suicide when computers were really to blame

Since 2009, Mrs Carter has faced the possibility of being prosecuted by the Post Office for the disappearance of almost £60,000 from her business. She has been accused of fraud by Post Office investigators apparently convinced that the losses — recorded by the organisation’s nationwide computer system Horizon — must in some way be attributable to her.

Some 150 former sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses have faced similar accusations, resulting in prison, bankruptcy and — it is suspected in one case — suicide.

All this despite claims that it is the IT system which is to blame for the cash shortfalls.

The scandal surrounding Horizon quite likely represents one of the most widespread miscarriages of justice in the UK this century. Reputations of people selected for a job that demands they be of good character have been shredded in an effort to prove that an antique computer network — unfit for use by any self-respecting private firm — can do no wrong.

Apr 25 05:42

Professors for Israel try to Shut Down Lancet

Academia is far from the bastion of free thinking and free speech it would like to claim for itself, as a newly confected “row” involving the leading medical journal The Lancet confirms.

Apr 25 05:34

Arms maker BAE Systems takes control of failing school

Europe’s largest arms manufacture BAE Systems has become the main sponsor of an under-performing school in the North West of England.

Apr 24 15:23

Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

This is the first General Election to use “Individual Voter Registration” (IVR), which requires each voter to register to vote individually.

The change was made in the 2013 Electoral Registration and Administration Act. Previously, the “head of the household” was responsible for ensuring voters were registered to vote.

In October, the Electoral Commission reported that 5.5m voters were missing from the Electoral Register. But this shouldn’t be a surprise to the Cabinet Office, who knew of the problems two years ago.

Apr 24 13:17

UK's Camden Council unlawfully censors criticism of Israel

Ruth Tenne argues that, by blocking our website, Redress Information & Analysis, London’s Camden Council – which appears to be covertly advancing the interests of the pro-Israel constituency – is breaking the law.

Apr 24 09:11

Top Gear to have all-new team as Richard Hammond rules himself out

Richard Hammond has joined James May in confirming he will not be returning to BBC2’s Top Gear following the axing of Jeremy Clarkson and the departure of its executive producer, Andy Wilman.

It will mean the BBC2 show will have an entirely new presenting team and senior backroom staff when it returns in a new incarnation next year.

Apr 24 08:45

FLASHBACK - Lord James of Blackheath $15,OOO,OOO,OOO,OOO FRAUD EXPOSED February 16 2012


Lord James of Blackheath, House of Lords February 16 2012
Breaking news Lord James of Blackheath has spoken in the House of Lords holding evidence of three transactions of 5 Trillion each and a transaction of 750,000 metric tonnes of gold and has called for an investigation.

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And nothing ever happened!

Apr 23 19:51

Argentine independent scientists support WHO on glyphosate cancer link

While the rest of the world takes on board the WHO’s verdict and moves forward, the UK Science Media Centre is in denial. Claire Robinson reports

In the wake of the re-classification of glyphosate herbicide as a probable carcinogen by the IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO), support has poured in from independent scientists and agencies worldwide. The quotes listed below this article were collected from independent scientists in Argentina by the journalist Dario Aranda (English translation by GMWatch) in an article for the newspaper Pagina12.

For example, one quote is from Rafael Lajmanovich, professor of the Department of Ecotoxicology, National University of Litoral, and a researcher at CONICET, the main national research council of Argentina. Lajmanovich said, "The international scientific community has warned for years, backed up by studies, that glyphosate is carcinogenic. It is good that WHO has recognized this fact.”

Apr 23 14:46

Sainsbury's reveals 800 job losses as it becomes latest under-pressure supermarket to cut costs

Sainsbury's joined rival supermarket chains in a cost-cutting drive today with the announcement of 800 job losses.

Faced with stiff competition from discounters and changing shopping habits, Sainsbury has said it wants to make £500million in cost savings over the next three years.

The chain said it will review its department and deputy manager positions, with more resources invested into other shop-floor roles.

Apr 23 14:17

Cranking Up The Rhetoric – Weaponizing Information

In mid-April, hundreds of U.S. paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived in western Ukraine to provide training for government troops. The UK had already started its troop-training mission there, sending 75 troops to Kiev in March. [1] On April 14, the Canadian government announced that Canada will send 200 soldiers to Kiev, contributing to a military build-up on Russia’s doorstep while a fragile truce is in place in eastern Ukraine.

Apr 23 11:44

£30bn black hole in Tory spending plans, tax think tank reveals

Chancellor George Osborne is facing a £30 billion black hole in his budgetary plans if he is to honor the Conservative Party’s general election pledges and still meet the party’s deficit-slashing targets by 2020, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns.

Apr 23 10:27

£30bn black hole in Tory spending plans, tax think tank reveals

Chancellor George Osborne is facing a £30 billion black hole in his budgetary plans if he is to honor the Conservative Party’s general election pledges and still meet the party’s deficit-slashing targets by 2020, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns.

Apr 23 09:31

Britain Plans to Open First Persian Gulf Naval Base by Late 2016

Britain's Ambassador to Bahrain said that the new British naval base will allow the UK to station next-generation aircraft carriers in the region.

Apr 22 11:59

Time to Wake up to some Realities on the Iran Deal

Too many cooks spoil the broth, and that appears to be precisely what the Senate had in mind.

Evidently Obama has concluded that a veto-proof majority in both Houses stood behind the Foreign Relations Committee bill, and reluctantly conceded. But that wrests control of the process out of the hands of the Administration. The Iran deal may have died this afternoon.

To make sense of the events that have led to the current negotiations over Iran’s so-called nuclear ambitions, certain elemental realities should be highlighted:

Apr 22 10:51

WikiLeaks Docs: Sony Chiefs Met With Cameron Ahead of Scottish Referendum

British Prime Minister David Cameron met with representatives from Sony Pictures just ten weeks before the Scottish independence referendum to discuss the release of a TV show based on Scotland's repression under British rule, documents released by WikiLeaks have revealed.

The release of the 'Outlander' TV series, which depicts among other things, 18th century life in Scotland under British rule, was delayed in the UK, heightening suggestions it was done amid concerns over any nationalistic sentiment it may have generated in the lead up to the independence referendum.

Apr 22 10:49

After Lord Janner I now believe the Establishment DOES shamelessly twist justice to protect its own

There was a time when I regarded the idea of an ‘Establishment cover-up’ with a pinch of salt. Was it really plausible that the powers-that-be should act in concert over a prolonged period of time to suppress the truth?

Even if they attempted to do so, surely some decent person would sooner or later speak out, or inform the Press. It seemed unlikely that evil on a vast scale could be concealed more or less indefinitely in what is supposed to be a free and open society.

I’m afraid a succession of sex abuse cases have blown apart my preconceptions. It’s plain beyond any dispute that politicians, senior policemen and members of the security services have conspired to protect abusers because they were considered important, and to deny their victims justice.

Apr 22 10:23

Tories forced to return £50k donation from US tax evader’s wife

Britain’s Conservative Party returned a donation of £50,000 from a wealthy businesswoman on Monday after it emerged she was once wanted on charges of tax fraud in the United States.

Beatrice Tollman, founder of luxury hotel chain Red Carnation, made an election campaign donation to the Tories earlier this month.

Apr 22 09:23

Fifteen million credit card holders have their limit increased without asking - and one in five worry it will mean they overspend

Millions of credit card holders have seen their credit limit upped without asking for a higher limit but the increases could help lead some into unmanageable levels of debt, a debt advice organisation has warned.

As many as 41 per cent of credit card holders – the equivalent of 15 million people – have seen their credit limit increased in the past year, even though they have not requested a rise.

Apr 22 09:07

White people have been banned from an ‘anti-racism’ event at a British university

Bahar Mustafa, the Welfare and Diversity officer for Goldsmiths Students’ Union, must have a strong sense of irony. You’d have to, to run an ‘anti-racism’ event which states that ‘if you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME. As the student publication the Tab reports, the event claims to be ‘challenging the white-centric culture of occupations’, ‘diversifying our curriculum’ and building a ‘cross campus campaign that puts liberation at the heart of the movement’.

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