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Jun 19 08:49

How the British police protected Jimmy Savile for decades

How the British police allowed Jimmy Savile to conduct decades of systematic abuse on children.

Jun 19 07:33

Revealed: How MPs spend hundreds of thousands of pounds of YOUR money on jollies to little-known summits in glamour hotspots around the world

MPs and peers are lavishing hundreds of thousands of pounds a year attending little-known summits in glamorous locations across the world, figures released under freedom of information have revealed.

Politicians from all parties have run up huge bills attending 'parliamentary assemblies' for organisations including the Council of Europe and Nato held in locations such as New York, Helsinki, Vienna, Madrid, Paris and Brussels.

Jun 19 06:41

Ex-Israeli foreign minister granted diplomatic immunity

An anti-war activist has slammed the British government for what he calls protecting war criminals.

“It is a disgraceful policy intended to protect criminals on all levels not just the war criminals and crimes against humanity,” peace activist Kenneth O’Keefe told Press TV on Friday.

He was reacting to a recent decision by the British government to grant diplomatic immunity to former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni.

Jun 18 22:06

‘True friend of Ukraine’ Tony Blair tapped by Poroshenko to join Kiev advisory council

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has invited former British PM Tony Blair to "share his experience of public administration" on an international council of European public figures advising Kiev on government reforms.

Jun 18 21:48

Secret Death Squads Backed by Thatcher Government Killed Hundreds in N. Ireland

In 1974, a coordinated attack was launched in the Irish cities of Dublin and Monaghan. On May 17, three car bombs were detonated during rush hour in the nation’s capital. Only 90 minutes later, a fourth explosion went off in Monaghan, just south of the border with Northern Ireland. Thirty-three people were killed. An estimated 300 were injured.

The loyalist paramilitary group Ulster Volunteer Force claimed responsibility for the attack, and in a recent Irish documentary, “Collusion,” a member of the group claims that the bombings were conducted under direction from the British Army. The goal: to implement a civil war.

Jun 18 16:00

UK accused of ditching freedom of information requests

The British government has been accused of breaching Freedom of Information Act by enforcing a system that automatically deletes emails sent from Downing Street.

Jun 18 15:48

Parliament restoration plan could cost up to £5.7bn

Major restoration of the Houses of Parliament without moving MPs and peers out would cost £5.7bn and take 32 years, a report says.

If MP and peers were moved out for six years, the cost would drop to £3.5bn, an independent report has said.

The 150-year-old Grade I listed building is partly sinking, contains asbestos and has outdated cabling.

Jun 18 15:46

Protest over government funding to Drax CO2 carbon plan

The £2bn White Rose project plans to transport CO2 produced at Drax near Selby, through a pipeline and store it beneath the North Sea.

Campaigners say taxpayers money should be spent on educating the public on carbon reduction methods.

Developers have said it would reduce CO2 emissions at Drax by up to 90%.
The government has already awarded millions of pounds for a feasibility study for the scheme.

Campaigner Duncan Law said: "The best kind of capture of carbon is the carbon that is not emitted and if you invest in it you invest in it for the long term rather than building huge carbon intensive infrastructure."

Jun 18 15:44

6,000 Scots homes hit with contaminated water that is so bad it’s unfit to even be BOILED

RESIDENTS in more than 6,000 Scots homes have been warned their tap water is so contaminated it’s unfit to even be boiled.

Scottish Water urged the householders in North Lanarkshire not to wash, cook with or drink the water after worked through the night to assess the danger.

Homes and businesses in the affected areas of Carfin, Newarthill, Chapelhall, New Stevenston and Dalziel Park had reported smelly, discoloured tap water yesterday.

Supplies of bottled water were delivered to affected areas last night and this morning.

Jun 18 14:26

Magna Carta at 800: A Promise Unfulfilled

As the world marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Michael Ratner says the promised guarantees of liberty are unfulfilled as our elected leaders continue to flout the law through indefinite detentions in Guantanamo, illegal wars and imprisoning millions.

Jun 18 12:28

‘Nigerian slaves’ face sexual exploitation in UK

“I am extremely concerned about this. And we’re talking about several hundred every year. This isn’t just a one-off it’s continuous so the treatment of these people, what they go through, is actually a very serious crime, so for me it’s a big problem. But also I think the fact that there is a demand for this kind of exploitation in the United Kingdom really concerns me, that there are people who will want to buy sex, will want to exploit, will want to have children as what are current-day slaves, so that is a really serious problem,”

said Kevin Hyland.

Jun 18 08:35

King John Butchered Authors of Magna Carta

… or at least he tried to butcher them. On this day 800 years ago, King John was compelled to sign Magna Charta, formally accepting a limit to his prerogative to ravage everything in England. But the ink on his signature was barely dry before he brought in foreign forces and tried to wipe out the barons who had compelled him to sign the Charta.

Jun 18 07:37

UK provides precision guided weapons to Saudi Air Force – MoD

UK Defence Ministry admits it is providing precision guided weapons to assist the Saudi Air Force.

Jun 17 21:55

‘We Just Publish The Position Of The British Government’ – Edward Snowden, The Sunday Times And The Death Of Journalism

Major news organisations continue to act as mindless conduits for anonymous state propaganda, somehow unable to learn the blindingly obvious lessons of past deceptions. Given the scale of the Iraq and Libyan catastrophes, this is powerful testimony indeed to the sheer depth of the structural corruption of the corporate media system. Not even Iraq, not even the deaths of one million Iraqis, not even the devastation of a country of 26 million people, are enough to deter journalists who are driven by ruthless political and economic forces, apparently immune to public pressure - so far.

Jun 17 10:25

‘BBC covering truth on 9/11’

The BBC is purposely withholding information that is of vital interest to the UK public and ultimately endangering the very public the BBC is contractually obligated “to serve”.

According to the UK Terrorism Act of 2000, section 15, part 3, ‘A person commits an offense if he—(a) provides money or other property, and (b) knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism.’

In this edition of INfocus, we shall provide proof that the BBC is using UK public funds to suppress evidence of controlled demolition of World Trade Center 7 (WTC 7) on 9/11.

Specifically the BBC has produced several programmes that attempt to cover up evidence that proves the official version of the collapse of WTC 7 is physically impossible, most notably the evidence that makes clear that WTC 7 collapsed in a symmetrical, free-fall manner largely into its own footprint.

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Jun 17 10:06

Secret Death Squads Backed by Thatcher Gov’t Killed Hundreds in N. Ireland

Following the broadcast of an Irish documentary, a number of human rights groups are calling on London to take responsibility for its role in colluding with paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland. These actions allegedly resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Catholics, all to support the Crown.

Jun 17 09:10

Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

Email records on computers in Downing Street are subject to automatic deletion within three months through a system which makes it almost impossible for the public to view them under the Freedom of Information Act, former staff have disclosed to the Financial Times.

Reporters at the salmon-pink broadsheet discovered that this system was launched back in late 2004, just weeks before the Freedom of Information Act finally came into force on 1 January 2005.

"The timing of this very strongly indicates that it was not a coincidence," Maurice Frankel, director of the UK Campaign for Freedom of Information, told the FT.

Jun 17 08:21

George Galloway for London Mayor

On Sunday, the Respect Party leader, George Galloway, who lost his seat as Bradford West MP to his former Labour party candidate, Pakistani-born Naz Shah, announced his candidacy for the 2016 London Mayoral election to replace the current Tory Mayor Boris Johnson, who declared himself a “passionate Zionist” during Israel’s 50-day Gaza genocide last year.

Boris Johnson is stepping down next year after serving two four-year terms a Mayor of London. He won a seat in Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the recent general election.

Jun 17 08:15

The Real Reason Why Princess Diana Was Assassinated. Ex MI Agent Testifies

Jun 17 08:02

NatWest & RBS Customer Payments Are 'Missing'

RBS has confirmed its customers are again experiencing technical glitches, with account payments going "missing".

The issue has affected 600,000 transactions across RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank.

RBS said the glitch with overnight payment processes had now been fixed, although it would take time for transactions to be resolved.

Jun 17 07:50

China Rising — Pepe Escobar

Americans have to eventually share their preeminent position with China.”

As intellectual acumen and cross-cultural expertise go, it would be hopeless to expect self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration foreign policy advisers — as well as Pentagon functionaries/hacks — to understand the complexities of China.

For instance, they would be incapable of evaluating all the myriad ramifications included in Professor Alfred McCoy’s masterful deconstruction of US-China geopolitics.

“The US cannot stop China’s rise. It just has to live with a bigger China, which will be completely novel for the US, as no country has ever been big enough to challenge its position. China will be able to do so in 20 to 30 years.” (Lee said that at the Future China Global Forum in Singapore, in 2011. Under Xi, China is already challenging the U.S.’s position.)

Jun 17 07:42

Savers face 10pc hit to shares if Greece exits euro

British savers can expect at least 10 per cent to be wiped off the value of pensions and Isas if Greece exits the euro, economists have warned as the crisis in southern Europe escalates.

With Greece on the brink of bankruptcy, it has emerged that no talks to find a resolution have taken place since negotiations broke down on Sunday.

Jun 17 07:35

Syriza: Plunder, Pillage and Prostration

How the ‘Hard Left’ embraces the policies of the Hard Right

Greece has been in the headlines of the world’s financial press for the past five months, as a newly elected leftist party, ‘Syriza’, which ostensibly opposes so-called ‘austerity measures’, faces off against the “Troika” (International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and European Central Bank).

Early on, the Syriza leadership, headed by Alexis Tsipras, adopted several strategic positions with fatal consequences – in terms of implementing their electoral promises to raise living standards, end vassalage to the ‘Troika’ and pursue an independent foreign policy.

We will proceed by outlining the initial systemic failures of Syriza and the subsequent concessions further eroding Greek living standards and deepening Greece’s role as an active collaborator of US and Israeli imperialism.

Winning Elections and Surrendering Power

Jun 17 07:32

American dreaming, from G1 to Bilderberg

G1 plus junior partners? Bilderberg? Get a job; you’re not the only show in town, any town.

What’s the connection between the G7 summit in Germany, President Putin’s visit to Italy, the Bilderberg club meeting in Austria, and the TTIP – the US-EU free trade deal – negotiations in Washington?

We start at the G7 in the Bavarian Alps – rather G1 with an added bunch of “junior partners” – as US President Barack Obama gloated about his neo-con induced feat; regiment the EU to soon extend sanctions on Russia even as the austerity-ravaged EU is arguably hurting even more than Russia.

The “civilized” G1 + junior partners could not possibly argue whether they would collectively risk a nuclear war on European soil over a Kiev-installed ‘Banderastan’, sorry, “Russian aggression.”

Jun 17 07:28

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich Interview with Al Etejah Iraqi TV: U.S. Manufactured Crisis in Iraq

The Iraqi government is calling for more foreign international assistance to help fight the Daesh terror group.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich says.the United States created ISIL, aka Da esh, so why would they want to fight them. Every effort is being made to divide the Iraqis.

Also see:
Back to Iraq: The First 450 Soldiers Are on Their Way

Jun 16 15:24

Everyone's An Agent: UK Company Provides Spy Software To Teachers To Weed Out Child Terrorists

Never content to simply let America take a bad idea and run with it alone, these past few years have seen our friends in the UK slowly start to lose their collective minds concerning terrorism and radical Islam. It's hard to be too terribly snarky about it, considering here in America we've done our best to perfect overreacting to terrorism, but when the UK decided to institute something like Orwellian "thought crime," it was still worth noting how dumb of an idea it was. But our British friends weren't done. Now, schools throughout the country are being offered some very special software that will allow teachers to spy on student activities to try to weed out the eventually-maybe-might-be-radicalized.

Jun 16 10:15

Rioting Migrants Attempt to Hijack Trucks Heading for UK

Shocking footage filmed in the French port town of Calais shows desperate migrants attempting to break into delivery trucks heading to the United Kingdom in another illustration of how the country's generous welfare system acts as a beacon for illegal aliens.

The clip shows huge gangs of migrants roaming around on a highway attempting to attack vehicles.

Jun 16 10:11

ROTHSCHILD AND THE GAY CAMBRIDGE APOSTLES

It's not Zionists versus fascists. It's the feudal elite and their mafias versus the rest.

"Lord Victor Rothschild ... made Churchill's decisions, including the bombing of the food trains into the concentration camps, and the continued strafing of the inmates. "Rothschild is on record as saying: "'There will be no room in the new country for shnorrers' (poor Jews).

"He only wanted the rich powerful and influential for the new land (Israel), the rest were to be sacrificed."

Jun 16 10:04

Can the Ossis save Europe? (From Globalism, NWO, Immigration)

Today, over 25 years after the destruction of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain which split Europe asunder, profound social and cultural differences persist between the two halves of the continent. In the West, the ideology of “anti-racism” is largely hegemonic. The idea that indigenous Europeans should defend their culture and interests in general, and should oppose Africanization or Islamization in particular, is considered heresy — grounds for excommunication from civilized humanity.

Jun 16 08:36

Top firms 'use poshness test to keep poor out of best jobs': Bosses admit favouring applicants who went to top universities and who did not speak with an accent

Elite companies in the City of London are applying a ‘poshness test’ to job applicants which is preventing working class youngsters from getting the best posts, it is claimed.

Researchers found that leading law, financial services and accountancy firms in the Square Mile are ‘systematically excluding’ candidates if they are not middle or upper-class.

A staggering 70 per cent of job offers went to graduates educated at selective state or fee-paying schools.

Jun 15 13:44

Why the Magna Carta anniversary celebrations will be missing two crucial paragraphs

Why have clauses 10 and 11 been airbrushed from history? These were the ones inserted in the original charter to protect widows and underage heirs specifically from Jewish moneylenders by restricting the recovery of debt out of the deceased debtor’s estate.

But they are nowhere to be found in the official Magna Carta Trust website nor the US National Archive website which instead features the text of the later — and much shorter — 1297 version. The two clauses in the original 1215 Great Charter are:

10. If one who has borrowed from the Jews any sum, great or small, die before that loan be repaid, the debt shall not bear interest while the heir is under age, of whomsoever he may hold; and if the debt fall into our hands, we will not take anything except the principal sum contained in the bond.

Jun 15 10:49

BP AND ROSNEFT TO MAKE $700MN DEAL DESPITE SANCTIONS

Russian oil major Rosneft and BP are close to signing a $700 million deal for BP to acquire a 20 percent stake in the Taas-Yuriakh Siberian oilfield, reports the FT. The deal could be announced this week at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The introduction of EU sanctions against Russia hasn’t scared off the largest European companies, working in the fuel and energy sector, according to the Financial Times.

Besides BP, Italy’s Eni and Norway’s Statoil have already received governmental approval to continue working on joint projects with Rosneft. Shell continues to work with Gazprom Neft over the Salym project in the Siberian Khanty-Mansiysk area and is seeking Dutch government approval for other joint ventures.

The news comes as the G7 claimed they are ready to extend sanctions last week. The announcement was also made just days prior to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, dubbed the ‘Russian Davos’.

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I love the smell of financial irony in the morning!!

Jun 15 08:52

Digital Magna Carta 'Top 10' clauses revealed

  • The Web we want will not let companies pay to control it, and not let governments restrict our right to information
  • The Web we want will allow freedom of speech
  • The Web we want will be free from government censors in all countries
  • The Web we want will not allow any kind of government censorship
  • The Web we want will be available for all those who wish to use it
  • The Web we want will be free from censorship and mass surveillance
  • The Web we want will allow equal access to knowledge, information and current news worldwide
  • The Web we want will have freedom of speech
  • The Web we want will not be censored by the government
  • The Web we want will not sell our personal information and preferences for money, and will make it clearer if the company/Website intends to do so
  • Jun 15 08:32

    Plans To Hijack the UK General Election 2015

    In line with our above stated vision, this campaign aims to force the UK government to abandon its unnecessary and harmful austerity programs. To force the government to abandon its austerity programs we need to reduce their power and increase the power of the people. That is what this campaign is designed to do.

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    "You cannot hijack the British elections! That's MY job!" -- Number 9 3/4

    Jun 15 08:01

    Her Majesty's Other Secret Service

    Eve Martin, the English woman who told me her family in Sheffield are mercenaries who do assassinations on contract for the U.K. government, claimed her uncles could gain access to official records such as birth and death records, and alter them. That capability would indicate some high-level contacts and influence with the Home Office such as only a National Security agency would be likely to have.

    I was quite intially skeptical of that claim, but there is some evidence to support it from the official death records of the Home Office.

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    Jun 14 20:05

    Hawkish Hillary Clinton and Her Israel-First Political Sugar Daddy Haim Saban

    Considerable attention has been devoted to the millions of dollars Bill and Hillary Clinton have received from wealthy individuals and corporations for their foundation and for themselves.

    Hillary Clinton’s greatest billionaire backer has been Haim Saban, a dual United States-Israel citizen and hardline supporter of Israel, who has openly commented, “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”

    It would not be beyond the realm of possibility that those who handed over tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation (some of which took place while Hillary was Secretary of State) or to the couple themselves for speaker fees expected favors in return.

    Jun 14 14:01

    Ukrainians Dispossessed, Americans are next — Paul Craig Roberts

    Americans are already dispossessed of their livelihoods and careers and their pensions are next. Wherever we look, the fate of populations under Western influence are the same. The Ukrainians are exploited, the Greeks, the British, the Americans.

    Apologists for exploitation claim that the rich are richer because they are smarter. But the stupidity of the rich is everywhere visible. The greedy fools have destroyed their domestic US market. Really, how stupid can you be? How do Americans buy when they are forced by offshoring out of well paid manufacturing and software engineering jobs into being waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and part-time Walmart workers in order that corporate bottom lines improve? Who buys the stuff that sustains the profits? Not Americans who no longer have the incomes to do so.

    Jun 14 13:47

    Investigation launched as cash-strapped council spends £50,000 on doomed "pirate world record" bid

    A probe has been launched after a council spent more than £50,000 on a doomed world record bid - for the biggest ever gathering of PIRATES.

    Jun 14 10:34

    US neocon influence in Westminster has been exposed for all to see

    "The biggest mystery about Westminster today is the survival of British neo-conservatism," claimed respected journalist Peter Oborne. "Most observers would have predicted with complete confidence that this movement would have been utterly discredited after the catastrophe of the Iraq invasion. Yet it is in rude health. The men and women who advocated the Iraq invasion remain dominant in British public life. Those who opposed it remain marginal and despised."

    Jun 14 09:30

    Now Labour is rocked by anti-EU rebellion: MPs call for an end to its 'love in' with Brussels and vote 'out' in referendum unless David Cameron wins reforms

    Labour MPs are mounting a rebellion against their party’s traditionally pro-Brussels line by forming a new anti-EU group.

    The MPs hope Labour for Britain (UK), which is expected to be launched on Tuesday, will give voice to the rarely publicised Eurosceptic wing of the party.

    Backed by the party’s largest individual donor, it will call for Labour to end its ‘love-in’ with Brussels and call for an ‘out’ vote in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership unless David Cameron wins radical reforms.

    Jun 14 08:18

    MI6 Recalls Secret Agents From Abroad for Fear of Uncover by Russia, China

    The British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, has withdrawn its agents out of live operations in foreign countries as they could allegedly be identified by Russia and China with the help of files stolen by former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, The Sunday Times reports. The newspaper claimed on Sunday citing senior British officials that Moscow has gained access to over 1 million classified files that contain details of secret intelligence techniques and information that could be used to identify British and American spies.

    Jun 14 03:01

    Happy Birthday Magna Carta

    Monday, June 15, 2015, is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. In his book, Magna Carta, J.C. Holt, professor of medieval history, University of Cambridge, notes that three of the chapters of this ancient document still stand on the English Stature Book and that so much of what survives of the Great Charter is “concerned with individual liberty,” which “is a reflexion of the quality of the original act of 1215.”

    Jun 14 02:14

    The Anglo-American Insanity

    In a sane world, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond should be forced to quit his post in disgrace as the country’s top diplomat, following reckless remarks that Britain may henceforth site American nuclear weapons to counter the "threat from Russia". So here we have an alarming escalation of international tensions and militarism by both Washington and London – and all on the back of unproven, prejudicial words from the close Anglo-American allies, who are clearly working in tandem.

    Jun 13 12:18

    UK campaigners plan to close Israeli arms factory on Gaza war anniversary

    Groups across the UK are gearing up for a major mobilization aimed at halting production at a factory owned by Elbit Systems, Israel’s biggest military company.

    Jun 12 14:45

    Obama’s Stupid Propaganda Stuff

    Obama spouts stupid propaganda stuff that is ultimately damaging to the American Republic.

    President Barack Obama must know better regarding the crisis in Ukraine, but he insists on reciting the propaganda lines drafted by his neoconservative and “liberal interventionist” advisers blaming everything on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Watching his behavior in the White House over the past six-plus years, I’ve come to suspect that – if he had been a national politician amid the Iraq War fever – he would have gotten in line just like ambitious Sens. Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Joe Biden did. Even as President, a position that gives him enormous power to push back against Official Washington’s “group think,” he won’t.

    Jun 12 14:42

    WPost Plays Ukraine’s Lapdog

    Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Finance Minister Jaresko are on a U.S. trip to drum up weapons and money to crush the ethnic Russian resistance in the east – and they are finding a lapdog U.S. press that won’t ask them tough questions.

    There once was a time when the U.S. news media investigated U.S. imperial adventures overseas, such as Washington-sponsored coups. Journalists also asked tough questions to officials implicated in corruption even if those queries were inconvenient to the desired propaganda themes. But those days are long gone, as the Washington Post demonstrated again this week.

    Jun 12 09:57

    Official report wants British spy agencies to retain intrusive powers

    A new official report suggests the UK intelligence agencies should be allowed to keep mass spying activities including its metadata gathering powers.

    Jun 11 21:53

    The Fox and the Henhouse

    Mr Cameron’s apparent concern about corruption is truly heart-warming, but given that the City of London is widely recognised as the global centre of dirty money-laundering, and given that the City of London is rather influential in who occupies 10 and 11 Downing St, one has to wonder how deep Mr Cameron’s concern really is.

    Jun 11 14:38

    UK Housing Prices to Jump 25% by 2020 as Homelessness Increases

    While housing prices continue to rise, aid groups are also warning of a resurgence in homelessness. According to a study by charities Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation earlier this year, England alone saw a 9 percent rise in homelessness between 2013 and 2014, with over 280,000 people now estimated to not have a roof of their own.

    Jun 11 14:19

    UK Conservatives - "Turn benefits into repayable loan"

    Young unemployed people should be forced to repay their benefit money when they get a job, an influential group of Conservative MPs has said.

    Jun 11 13:43

    Revealed: Fake 'phone towers' that covertly spy on the British public

    More than 20 fake phone poles, which are said to be tools to spy on public communications, have been found in the United Kingdom, according to a new investigation.

    The investigation was conducted by the UK-based Sky News, and its findings were released on Wednesday.

    Jun 11 13:39

    Adelson’s Anti-BDS Event Links Money To Action

    The “secret” Vegas weekend focused on planning for, and funding, a campaign to kill BDS in its academic cradle.

    With U.S. billionaires both funding and setting up its top down strategy with Israeli-inspired organizations on American campuses, Israel’s successful invasion of U.S. institutions takes another major step toward “occupying” American institutions.

    Four days after the Salon posting appeared, The New York Times buried two paragraphs about the Vegas event inside a longer story which featured the success Israel was enjoying in gaining anti-BDS support in state legislatures in South Carolina and Illinois.

    This campaign against American supporters of Palestinian freedom, was prompted by the alarmed awareness among Israeli leaders, and their U.S. allies, that the BDS movement is rapidly gaining ground.

    Jun 11 13:38

    Boy wins £120,000 damages for narcolepsy caused by swine flu vaccine

    A 12-year-old boy has been awarded £120,000 by a court that agreed he had been left severely disabled by narcolepsy triggered by the swine flu vaccine, following a three-year battle in which the government had claimed that his illness was not serious enough to merit payment.

    Jun 11 13:33

    Study says UK government attempting to portray unemployment as a psychological disorder

    Those who are unemployed and exhibit a "positive" outlook must undergo "reprogramming" or face having their benefits cut, says the Wellcome Trust-backed report.

    Jun 11 13:26

    UK cops turn music festival into an Orwellian spy paradise

    As if being ankle deep in muddy field, surrounded by pretend hippies seemingly re-enacting highlights of the Battle of Waterloo was bad enough, attendees of the aptly named Download Festival will be subjected to a new police facial recognition system, and surveillance of their onsite location and expenditure via the debut of RFID wristbands.

    Jun 11 13:17

    A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

    Iranian people have no problem with a rapprochement with the United States...…?Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

    While Mr. Obama had, realistically speaking, no better alternative in choosing the timing for his administration’s foreign policy reorientation, a meaningful follow-through to implement his vision after his term in office expires would need a new Chief Executive with similar convictions; and, as things appear now, that prospect seems somewhat in doubt.

    The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

    Jun 11 10:15

    Home / UK / ‘BBC bias’: EU referendum coverage to be independently monitored by watchdog

    The BBC could be legally compelled to remain impartial throughout Britain’s EU referendum campaign, following new broadcast regulations tabled by backbench MPs.

    Backbench Tory MPs including Bill Cash, John Redwood, Peter Bone and Christopher Chope are calling for the majority Conservative government to appoint an impartial adjudicator to rule on cases of alleged broadcasting bias throughout the campaign.

    The newly formed watchdog would monitor all broadcast output throughout the campaign in the run-up to the in/out referendum, the Telegraph reported on Wednesday.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Forget BBC! You need to keep an independent eye on those vote counters!

    Jun 11 09:06

    Terror trial collapses after fears of deep embarrassment to security services

    Swedish national Bherlin Gildo’s lawyers argued British intelligence agencies were supporting the same Syrian opposition groups as he was

    Jun 11 08:26

    Taxpayers want ALL of their money back, Osborne is told as he vows to sell Royal Bank of Scotland at a £7billion loss

    George Osborne was today warned that taxpayers will be 'suspicious' of his rush to sell Royal Bank of Scotland at a £7billion loss.

    Labour said taxpayers will expect him to recoup all of the £45.8billion which Gordon Brown ploughed into the crippled bank seven years ago.

    Shares in RBS rose by 1.8 per cent today after Mr Osborne used his annual Mansion House speech in the City to confirm that the sale of the crippled bank will begin within months.

    But he is not in the Commons today to explain the plan because he is visiting the secretive Bilderberg Conference in Austria.

    Jun 11 06:53

    Boy, 12, wins £120,000 in damages after swine-flu jab left him 'severely disabled' by narcolepsy

    Iain Duncan Smith has lost a three-year legal battle and been ordered to pay £120,000 compensation to boy of 12 who faces a lifetime of suffering from narcolepsy caused by the swine flu vaccination Pandremix.

    The landmark ruling could force the Government into paying millions of pounds to dozens of people with the same rare brain disorder that causes someone to fall asleep suddenly at any time.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failed in its appeal against a tribunal judgment in a recent test case that the child, ‘John’, was entitled to vaccine injury compensation. He received the swine flu vaccine in December 2009, aged 7, and was diagnosed with narcolepsy five months later following “extensive hospital investigations”.

    Jun 11 06:51

    15-year-old on work experience at Keele University discovers a new planet - 1,000 light years away from Earth

    A 15-year-old boy has found what astronomers, the world over, only began to find 20 years ago – a new planet, far from our own solar system – while on work experience.

    Tom Wagg was at Keele University, in Staffordshire, studying data of stars in the Milky Way collected by cameras in South Africa when he spotted the new planet.

    He noticed a tiny dip in the light of a star as another planet passed in front of it which can be a tell-tale sign of a new planet.

    Now, after two years of further inspection, staff at the university have finally confirmed that Tom, did indeed, find a new planet and that it is 1,000 light years away from Earth

    Jun 11 06:36

    Web Snooping Powers Are 'Undemocratic'

    A review of phone and internet surveillance says current "undemocratic and unnecessary" laws need a complete overhaul.

    In the report, terror law expert David Anderson QC said that the government needed to do more to prove why security services should be able to monitor our web browsing histories for two years - as has been mooted.

    He said that judges, rather than political figures, should issue warrants for interception.

    And he recommended that they should lead a new oversight body - the Independent Surveillance and Intelligence Committee - to monitor activity.

    Bulk surveillance should be more targeted and better overseen - but will continue.

    Jun 10 15:23

    John Smith: Inequality a "worrying trend in British politics" General Election 12 June 1987

    John Smith attended the Bilderberg conference in 1991 and kicked off about it all saying he wanted to bring some real economists to the next one.

    Jun 10 14:43

    A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

    The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

    Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

    Jun 10 12:25

    British filmmakers want Israeli film festival banned

    Several film makers including Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Peter Kominsky have urged the Curzon and Odeon Cinema and Bafta to stop screenings for an Israeli film festival that is set to open this week.

    Seret 2015 is title of the Israeli Film and Television festival that is due to start in London this Thursday.

    Jun 10 08:54

    Mass snooping fake mobile towers 'uncovered in UK'

    Fake mobile towers that scoop up data from passing phones are routinely being used in London, an investigation by Sky News suggests.

    Working with German security company GMSK Cryptophone, it claims to have uncovered direct evidence, the first in the UK, of at least 20 instances of the use of these cell site simulators

    These portable Stingray boxes could be used to track police suspects.

    The Metropolitan Police Service refused to confirm or deny it was using them.

    Jun 10 08:00

    British parliament votes in favor EU exit referendum

    British parliament members have overwhelmingly voted in favor of plans to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union.

    Jun 09 14:52

    US Nukes Could Be Deployed to UK to Target Russia

    The British Foreign Secretary just went on the BBC to say he thinks it may not be a bad idea.

    Jun 09 14:44

    US nuclear weapons in UK to escalate tensions with Russia: Analyst

    The UK’s consideration to once again host US nuclear missiles over deteriorating of ties with Russia will be a “major escalation” of tensions, a former Pentagon official says.

    Jun 09 14:22

    Scottish police investigate Lord Janner over child sex abuse

    Police in Scotland are investigating claims that Lord Greville Janner, rumored to have been a prolific child sex offender, abused a boy there in the 1970s.

    Jun 09 11:28

    Cameron backpedals on threat against anti-EU ministers

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has withdrawn his threat to sack ministers over an ongoing dispute on Britain’s stay in the European Union.

    Jun 09 10:18

    Deutsche Bank Offices Raided By Authorities

    Just two days after Deutsche Bank co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen announced their resignations, the bank's offices in Germany, France, and the UK have been searched by authorities.

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    Jun 08 20:51

    Aircrew launch personal injury claims against British airlines over toxic fumes they say causes nausea, numbness and even death

    Airline crew members from several different British airlines have launched personal injury claims against their employers claiming they have been poisoned by contaminated cabin air.

    At least 17 former and current cabin crew staff who believe they are suffering from Aerotoxic Syndrome have today launched civil cases against their airlines, according to Unite the union.

    Aerotoxic Syndrome is the term given to the illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in jet aircraft.

    Jun 08 20:49

    Comparison website 'that only pushes banks paying commission': Customers lost out on up to £500 a year in interest after being misled into thinking they were getting best deal

    A price comparison site only advertised savings accounts for banks it had a financial agreement with, it was claimed last night.

    An investigation found that customers lost out on up to £500 a year in interest payments after being misled into thinking they were buying the best deal in the market.

    In fact, Confused.com listed just ten savings accounts from the eight companies ‘it seems to have deals with’, instead of the best available, investigators from Channel 4’s Dispatches claimed.

    Jun 08 20:43

    Hospital bugs 'spread by use of wet wipes to clean wards' according to first study of its kind

    Medical wet wipes used to clean hospital wards are helping spread deadly superbugs, the first study of its kind has revealed.

    The majority of UK hospitals support the use of clinical detergent wipes in the routine cleaning of wards.

    But the study discovered that in ‘every instance’ the wet wipes actually spread the superbugs from one surface to another. Cardiff University scientists said the wipes were ‘not up to the job’ of eliminating superbugs.

    Jun 08 14:53

    'Senior BMA doctors given secret pay rise in UK'

    Confidential documents have revealed staggering secret pay hikes of up to 137% for senior members of the UK’s doctors’ union, the British Medical Association (BMA).

    Jun 08 14:15

    Experts warn British govt. against further cuts to social care

    A further £1bn in cuts to social care will hit thousands of Britons, experts say.

    Over £1bn worth of funding will be taken from social care services in the next year alone, leaving thousands of elderly and disabled people unable to perform basic tasks such as dressing, eating and washing, council care bosses have warned.

    Jun 08 12:05

    UK protesters demand closure of immigrant detention center

    British protesters stage a rally to urge the closure of a notorious immigrant detention center in the United Kingdom.

    Jun 08 12:04

    'We Are Many': The Story of Bush and Blair's Great Lie

    Tony Blair’s not entirely unexpected resignation from his job as Middle East peace envoy last month – and the ensuing Twitter jokes about it – coincide with the UK release of a documentary film that firmly puts him and George W Bush at the centre of this century’s Middle East disasters.

    Jun 08 11:25

    Cameron trips up over Europe at G7 summit, denies U-turn

    British Prime Minister David Cameron tripped up over Europe at a summit of the Group of Seven Industrial nations (G7), appearing to issue an ultimatum to his own ministers over the EU only to swiftly withdraw it, saying he had been misunderstood.

    The debacle was Cameron's first serious setback since he was re-elected a month ago and was all the more awkward because it concerned his flagship policy of renegotiating Britain's EU ties before holding an in-out EU membership referendum.

    His uncertain handling of such an important issue is likely to be interpreted as a sign of how nervous he is to keep his fractious Conservative Party united to avoid a re-run of past splits which helped topple his two immediate predecessors.

    Jun 08 11:24

    Back me on European Union referendum or quit: Cameron tells ministers

    British Prime Minister David Cameron sought to quell fresh signs of rebellion in his Conservative Party over Europe, warning ministers they will have to back his European Union strategy or leave his government.

    Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in Germany of the Group of Seven Industrial nations (G7), Cameron, who has pledged to renegotiate Britain's EU ties before offering an in-out membership referendum, signalled he would not tolerate dissent.

    Jun 08 10:58

    ‘NHS hospitals wasting millions every year’

    The latest review of the UK National Health Service (NHS) spending has revealed an excessive amount of waste, including too many staff holidays, soluble tablets and the purchase of latex gloves.

    Jun 08 10:30

    Poor and Lonely in Thatcher’s London

    There have been other stories of poor and lonely students living in London, though perhaps none quite so poignant and profound as Amit Chaudhuri’s Odysseus Abroad. It’s Margaret Thatcher’s London, circa 1985, and Ananda, the main character, has already been in London for two years, attending a school that must be the University of London, though it is never named.

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