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Dec 30 14:14

UK Had Key Role In UN Resolution Against Israel: Report

The UK played an important role in brokering the United Nations resolution condemning Israel for its policy of building illegal settlements on the occupied Palestinian territory, it has been confirmed.

Dec 30 08:56

BEWARE - From today, the Government is RECORDING everywhere you click online

December 30th marks the date that the Investigatory Powers Act, also known as the 'Snooper's Charter' officially comes into force, allowing the government to collect data on anyone.

The government says that the new laws will primarily be used to combat serious crimes such as terrorism, but campaigners have warned that it could lead to innocent people being convicted of offences they didn't commit.

The new legislation, described as "world-leading" by home secretary Amber Rudd, will primarily be used to carry out bulk email surveillance, as authorities look to monitor communications between suspects.

However it could also be used to monitor other personal information, including phone records and web browsing history, with web and phone companies required to store this information for 12 months.

The companies would also need to be able to provide police, security services and official agencies with access to this data whenever required.

Dec 30 07:34

Downing Street criticises US comments on Israel

Downing Street has criticised US Secretary of State John Kerry for calling the Netanyahu government the "most right-wing in Israel's history".

It was "not appropriate" to attack the composition of the democratically-elected government of an ally, PM Theresa May's spokesman said.

But a senior Tory MP has expressed concerns at No 10's intervention.

Crispin Blunt said US analysis was correct and on its current path Israel could not stay "democratic and Jewish".

Dec 29 18:27

Some Holy-day Musings: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Episode 1


Published on Feb 13, 2014BBC mini series video adaptation from BBC radio adaptation from Douglas Adams' science fiction (book) trilogy: The Hitcher's Guide to the Galaxy, Life the Universe and Everything and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Dec 29 11:07

John In Barbados Discusses Loving Others And Helping Out His Neighbors

John in Barbados Discusses Loving Thy Neighbor: This is a very lovely clip - perhaps quite different than when you heard John discussing politics. In this yet-unreleased clip which we are sharing for the first time today on the new site JohnInBarbados.com, John shares stories of helping others and explains why it is important. "I've worked on the premise that I've taken a lot out of this world, and it was about time I started giving back, so if me neighbors roof was leaking them get me equipment and go over there and repair the roof," he begins.
"...Being neighborly and helping people out, you get repaid 1,000 times, I'm telling people. That is the truth." This interview conducted by Ted Midward, took place in October 2016.

Link fixed

Dec 29 09:06

Facebook admits handing thousands of its users’ details over to British authorities

Social media giant Facebook has confessed to giving the personal details of thousands of its users to the British government this year.

Facebook says that officials requested access to 7,199 profiles between January and June of 2016 – a 30 percent increase on last year.

The social media giant says it was asked to provide data from 6,039 accounts related to criminal proceedings, and another 1,160 were requested under an emergency clause that mandates the release of data in cases when there is an “imminent risk of serious injury or death.”

Facebook admitted that it handed over data in 87 percent of cases, but says it turned down hundreds of requests from UK officials for being “overly broad or vague.”

Dec 29 09:01

Welcome To JohnInBarbados.com: A Tribute To The Legacy of John Marsh, The "Caribbean Critic."

Welcome to JohnInBarbados.com. This site was started by some of John's close friends who are greatly grieved over his sudden loss and want to ensure that John's legacy lives on. The purpose of this website is to bring John's friends and fans from across the world together in a social, educational, and memorial tribute platform. We will continue John's legacy of social interaction and intellectual discourse among those who knew, loved, and want to remember John. John's friends will be having a memorial radio broadcast next week, and are inviting submissions to be included in the show. Do you have a story, comment, audio or video file about John that you'd like to share? Or just a memory of him, or what he meant to you? Did the man whom you only knew from a radio show a few minutes each day have an effect on you? Why? Please contact us and share your thoughts. All of the submissions, whether written or audio, will be included in the live show, which will also be a call-in program.

Dec 28 16:08

APOLOGISE: BBC slammed for 'disgusting anti-Brexit coverage that hijacked Christmas'

BREXIT backers are demanding a public apology from the BBC for what they believe was "inappropriate" coverage comparing the result of the EU referendum to the decision to crucify Jesus Christ.

Anti-European Union think tank, the Bruges Group, is accusing the BBC of "disrespecting the will of the people" and "hijacking the festival of Jesus' birth" by airing a Christmas Point of View episode in which Howard Jacobson appeared to link the Brexit vote to the decision of the baying mob in biblical times to execute Jesus and not Barabus.

The "highly political" episode was broadcast three times over the festive period and was utterly "tasteless", blasts the Bruges Group.

Dec 28 16:06

Remainer openly admits voting to Remain TWICE in EU referendum election fraud

A REMAIN voter admitted election fraud by voting twice in the European Union referendum when speaking to controversial radio host Katie Hopkins.

After phoning in to LBC Umi from Hackney shamelessly admitted to using his brothers vote as well as his own in the EU referendum.

Ms Hopkins found the bizarre call funny as Umi admitted to electoral fraud by personation, where you vote using someone else's details.

Dec 28 08:36

Hot Off The Press - Britain Pulled the Strings Behind Anti Settlement Resolution

Ten days ago, pretty much out of the blue, British PM Theresa May announced that she decided to accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and to integrate it into British law. Jews in Britain and all over the world were over the moon. Tonight we learn that May’s declaration was a preemptive move. It was Britain rather than the USA that had been pulling the strings behind the anti Israel Security Council resolution.

Haaretz reports tonight that it was actually the Brits that “encouraged New Zealand to continue pushing for a vote even without Egyptian support.” Israeli diplomats say that from information that reached the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, British legal figures and diplomats had been working directly with the Palestinians on the wording of the resolution even before it was distributed by Egypt the first time on Wednesday evening.

Dec 27 15:40

British Generals and Military Advisers in Syria to Recruit Retreating Aleppo Terrorists

A group of British Generals and military advisors have arrived in Syria to recruit and train the terrorist groups which have withdrawn from Aleppo, a Russian daily reported.
The Izvestia newspaper reported that UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon had earlier said that 20 British military instructors have already arrived in Syria to “restore the combat capability of units of the moderate opposition which has retreated from Aleppo”.

Earlier reports, in October, said that Britain had sent its military experts to Syria before Aleppo’s liberation by the Syrian army to train the fresh terrorists for combat, first medical aid and defuse bombs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Izvestia is usually pretty no-nonsense about what they report; however, IF these reports are true, this "mission" had to have been signed off on at the highest level of the British government.

So, IF these reports are true, this a clear, and thoroughly disturbing, revelation that the British government, from Prime Minister May on down, has collectively lost their mind to the point where they believe that a war with Russia over Syria is a perfectly acceptable outcome of these actions, in order to regime change Damascus.

ABSOFLIPPINGLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE!!

Dec 27 14:16

UK: Voter ID Passed to Combat Epidemic of Vote Fraud in Muslim Cities

Voters in cities across the United Kingdom will be required to show their passports or drivers licenses to vote in order to combat voter fraud committed by Muslims.

Dec 27 10:41

REVEALED: Britain's £1.1TRILLION liability in the EU and why we must get out NOW

BRITAIN is exposed to an eye watering £1.1 trillion of liabilities while it is still in the European Union.

With concerns mounting over a new major financial crash in the eurozone, the revelations in a Global Britain report have highlighted why the UK Government needs to ensure a speedy Exit from the EU.

If there is a collapse in the eurozone Britain could be asked to help pick up a bill which in effect would double its national debt.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 26 09:47

Israel's Netanyahu 'snubs Theresa May' over UK's role in UN settlements vote

Britain was among 14 UN Security Council members to approve the resolution last week which declared Israeli settlements “illegal”, however, and Israel has since lashed out diplomatically in a number of ways.

Mr Netanyahu told ministers at his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday that he no longer had any desire to meet with the British Prime Minister, Israeli media reported.

Dec 26 09:45

Revealed: British councils used Ripa to secretly spy on public

Councils were given permission to carry out more than 55,000 days of covert surveillance over five years, including spying on people walking dogs, feeding pigeons and fly-tipping, the Guardian can reveal.

A mass freedom of information request has found 186 local authorities – two-thirds of the 283 that responded – used the government’s Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to gather evidence via secret listening devices, cameras and private detectives.

Among the detailed examples provided were Midlothian council using the powers to monitor dog barking and Allerdale borough council gathering evidence about who was guilty of feeding pigeons.

Dec 26 08:03

London to get manned checkpoints for first time in 24 years amid MI5 security crackdown

The proposals are intended to protect London’s finance district and its skyscrapers from a terrorist attack.

MI5 and counter-terrorism police have proposed to install the manned checkpoints, rising street bollards and crash-proof barricades.

The last time manned checkpoints were used was in 1992 following the IRA’s bombing of Baltic Exchange.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 24 15:18

Leaked: Blairite MPs Told To Isolate Themselves From Corbyn To Survive

Blairite MPs have been warned to tactically distance themselves from party leader Jeremy Corbyn if they wish to survive, in a secret document leaked to the press.

A secret advice document written by a former Ed Miliband adviser and seen by the Telegraph newspaper warns that the right-wing contingent must operate independently while not appearing to increase party divisions.

Dec 24 13:17

‘Britain Lied Over Syria & Made Situation Worse,’ UK's Ex-Ambassador Says

The UK government has lied about Syria’s civil war and its policies have “made the situation worse,” according to a former British ambassador to the country.

Peter Ford said the Whitehall department led by Boris Johnson and his predecessor Philip Hammond had “gotten Syria wrong every step of the way.” Ford, who was Britain’s ambassador to Syria from 1999 to 2003, said Britain had misread the situation in the country since the start of the conflict.

Dec 24 09:52

BRITISH GOVT-FUNDED OUTLET OFFERED JOURNALIST $17,000 A MONTH TO PRODUCE PROPAGANDA FOR SYRIAN REBELS

The Revolutionary Forces of Syria (RFS) media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and frequent source of information for Western media, is funded by the British government and is managed by Westerners operating out of Turkey, according to emails provided to AlterNet by a Middle East reporter RFS tried to recruit.

The outlet stirred controversy this November when it released a video at the height of the Mannequin Challenge, a pop culture craze in which people compete for how long they can freeze in place on video. The RFS video depicted a staged rescue by the White Helmets, the Western-funded rescue group that operates exclusively in rebel-held territory. RFS quickly removed the video and issued an apology out of apparent concern that the staged rescue could raise questions about the authenticity of other videos by the White Helmets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof that the primary purveyors, and purchasers, of fake news are governments, this time that of the UK!!

Dec 23 18:33

Listen: Former UK ambassador to Syria says British government “has gotten Syria wrong every step of the way”

A former UK ambassador to Syria has castigated officials and the media in Britain for their selective moralising and reporting of the armed conflict in Syria...>>

Dec 23 16:34

UK Must Suspend Some Military Supplies To Saudi Arabia: Corbyn

British Prime Minister Theresa May must suspend some military supplies to Saudi Arabia because over Riyadh’s use of UK-made cluster bombs in Yemen, Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Dec 23 15:36

Christmas Memo To PM Theresa May

Stop worshipping Israel, learn the ugly truth … and find a new speechwriter!

Prime Minister,

This is still a Christian country, as your colleague David Cameron reminded us not so long ago. But you wouldn’t think so when non-Christian creeds are given exceptional protection and privileges to smooth their ruffled feathers. Your government is even introducing new laws to stifle questions about Israel’s legitimacy and quash criticism of its criminal policies. We have entered a sinister era of censorship and harassment as the gulf between government and public widens.

Dec 23 12:23

1,000 UK Government Laptops, Flash Drives Reported Missing Since 2015

At least 1,000 laptops, computers and USB flash drives belonging to the British government have been reported lost or stolen since the general election in May 2015.

Dec 23 11:39

‘Shocking’ Rise In Homeless Children Across Britain

According to the latest government figures, there has been a “shocking” rise in the number of homeless children living in temporary accommodation across Britain.

Dec 23 10:58

Government sneaks out £250 tuition fee rise for existing students

The Government has moved to raise tuition fees by £250 without any announcement from the Department for Education (DfE).

Regulations to allow the changes, which will see fees go up to £9,250, were published earlier this week to the National Archives legislation store.

The new legislation to the changes was not announced on the DfE website or in a statement to Parliament by ministers.

Dec 23 10:57

Workers on zero-hour contracts earn £1,000 a year less doing the same jobs as those on contracts

There are 900,000 people on zero-hour contracts and the number is rising

Dec 23 10:08

Man's e-cigarette battery explodes in pocket in front of horrified shoppers

An e-cigarette battery exploded in a man's pocket in front of horrified shoppers.

Dramatic footage of the incident captured on CCTV shows the man running from a pram, as others ducked for their own safety.

The man was left with "slight injuries" following the incident, which happened in a Boots store in the Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds on September 19.

Dec 22 15:34

Kids As Young As 4 Part Of Football Pedophile Investigations As Historical Sex Abuse Cases Soar

Britain’s historical child sex scandal has hit record proportions with nearly 3,500 people now under investigation over claims of abuse.

The number of suspects has more than doubled over the last 18 months, with 366 public figures now standing accused of ‘non-recent’ child sex offenses. In sports alone the number has risen threefold since last November, after allegations of abuse in football academies and junior league teams exploded.

Dec 22 15:21

EU’s Top Court Rules UK’s Mass Snooping Of Brits Illegal

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled as illegal the UK government’s plan to conduct an indiscriminate mass gathering of data on British citizens.

“EU law precludes national legislation that prescribes general and indiscriminate retention of data,” the court said Wednesday, in response to London’s appeal to a similar ruling by the ECJ’s Advocate General in July last year.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 14:08

Chilling Speech by Syrian Ambassador to UN

“I’m an eye witness, I work at the UN and I know what I am talking about…”

“The British Intelligence facilitated the creation of this Radical Islamic Movement”

“I am Muslim myself and I am proud to be Muslim, but I have nothing to do with this garbage.” Nothing to do.”

“You will never hear any of this in the Main Stream Media…Reporters from all over the world accredited to the UN, boycott my speeches… when I take the floor, next to the Security Council…, 50 of them disappear, they leave because they don’t want to hear, if they hear, they will have to report.”

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 22 12:21

Tory Govt Could Use Soldiers To Break Rail Strikes

Senior Tories appear to be mulling whether to break the will of striking rail workers by using military personnel to run replacement services during industrial action.

Dec 22 11:26

1000 Laptops, Flash Drives Lost Or Stolen From UK Govt. Since 2015

At least 1,000 government laptops, computers and USB flash drives belonging to the British government have been lost or stolen since 2015.

Records released on Wednesday under freedom of information (FoI) laws showed that in the Ministry of Defense alone, more than one piece of equipment in an average went missing every day, according to a Guardian report.

I wondered why the Queen's picture was on the splash screen of that laptop I just bought on eBay! :)

Dec 22 08:27

Top UK Diplomats Slam Russia’s ‘Malign Influence’ In Syria

A senior British Foreign Office official has accused Russia of being “a very malign influence” and “making things worse” in Syria. That’s amid UK’s own reluctance to airdrop supplies to Syrian civilians, as the planes could easily be shot down.

Alan Duncan, the Foreign Office (FCO) minister of state for Europe and the Americas, was speaking to a Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on Russia’s role in Syrian conflict and its relations with the UK.

Dec 21 17:44

New Independence Vote ‘Within 2yrs’ If Scots’ Brexit Demands Dismissed

If “arrogant” British Prime Minister Theresa May dismisses Scotland’s Brexit proposals there is likely to be a second Scottish independence referendum in the next two years, according to former First Minister Alex Salmond.

Dec 21 16:53

Britain & Argentina Sign Deal To Identify Falklands War Dead

South Atlantic rivals Britain and Argentina have signed a deal to identify the remaining war dead from their brief but bloody conflict over the Falkland Islands, known to the Argentines as Las Malvinas, 34 years ago.

Dec 21 16:24

Muslim Inmates In British Prison 'Hounded', Restrained By Guards 'Keeping Score'

Eight members of staff at Nottingham prison have been suspended after complaints that they systematically provoked Muslim prisoners until they had to be restrained.

It is believed the staff “kept score” of who was able to goad the most inmates through a group conversation on messaging service WhatsApp.

Dec 21 15:52

UK Soldiers Ready To End Railway Strike: Report

About 4,000 British soldiers are prepared to end a long-running walkout by railway workers, which has affected hundreds of thousands of commuters, according to a report.

Dec 21 15:18

Europe’s Highest Court Declares UK ‘Snooper Charter’ Illegal

Britain’s controversial ‘snooper’s charter’ has been delivered a blow from the EU with its highest court ruling that the government’s “indiscriminate retention” of emails is illegal.

The ruling could trigger challenges against the UK’s new Investigatory Powers Act, passed into law in November, which allows for the sweeping collection and storage of people’s emails, text messages and internet data.

Dec 21 14:43

British Tourists To Get Detailed Terrorist Attack Warnings

British holidaymakers will now be warned how likely terrorist attacks are when they go abroad because of an “evolving” extremist threat, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says.

Johnson has announced travelers will be given more detail on how predictable attacks are in countries around the world in order to help them make “informed decisions” before leaving the UK.

Dec 21 12:58

MPs Denied A Vote For Final Brexit Deal, UK Premier Suggests

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the country’s lawmakers will have no say in the final Brexit deal.

The premier told MPs Tuesday that she is focusing on “delivering on the vote of the British people – which is that we will be leaving the European Union.”

Dec 21 12:33

British Christmas Markets See More Police Deployed After Berlin Truck Massacre

Police forces in Britain have stepped up patrols at Christmas markets across the country, after Monday’s tragedy in Berlin sparked fears of copycat terrorist attacks.

“I want to reassure Londoners and those visiting our city over Christmas that the Metropolitan Police will review all security plans in London in light of last night’s events, and that keeping everyone safe remains the highest priority for the Met commissioner and for me,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote on Tuesday after sending his thoughts and prayers to the German capital.

Dec 21 11:32

Foreign Office Letting Down UK Citizens Overseas, Families Say

Trying to get help from the UK Foreign Office if your loved ones are detained or have died overseas is a waking nightmare, according to desperate family members.

The families have also complained that the UK is placing international diplomacy over supporting its own citizens, with one bereaved sister saying that talking to the Foreign Office in a crisis was like “screaming into a vacuum.”

Dec 21 10:18

British Spies Who Busted ‘World’s Most Wanted People Smuggler’ May Have Got Wrong Man

An Eritrean man accused by British authorities of being one of the world’s “most wanted people smugglers” may actually be a victim of mistaken identity, Italian prosecutors have admitted.

In an embarrassing blow to a high-profile investigation led by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and GCHQ, it appears the real Medhanie Yehdego Mered remains at large and an innocent man was seized in June and extradited to Italy in his place.

Dec 21 08:53

Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

The legality of the UK's Investigatory Powers Act has been called into question by a landmark EU legal ruling this morning, which has restated that access to retained data must only be given in cases of serious crime.

The landmark judgment [PDF] was handed down by the European Union's Court of Justice, setting a new precedent for EU member states' data retention regimes, stating that access to such data must be restricted to the purpose of preventing and detecting serious crime.

The judges also stated that police and public bodies should not be allowed to authorise their own access to this data, instead requiring that access requests receive prior authorisation by independent courts or similar bodies.

Dec 20 16:13

West Directed Killer’s Hand in Assassination of Russian Ambassador

Virtually everything that Western official sources have been saying about Aleppo, and the Syrian war more generally, is seen to be a grotesque lie.

The climax of condemnation reached unconscionable heights last week when Washington, its Western allies and the UN – all amplified unquestioningly by the Western news media – vilified Russia for allegedly slaughtering civilians in east Aleppo. American ambassador Samantha Power specifically cited unverified reports of children being killed in a basement by Syria and Russian forces.

Dec 20 15:46

Muslim Cleric Banned In Pakistan Attempts Preaching Tour Of Britain

A controversial Muslim cleric who has been banned from practicing in Pakistan for allegedly celebrating the murder of a popular politician is touring UK mosques.

Syed Muzaffar Shah Qadri, who has been dubbed a “firebrand” by Pakistani authorities, is due to speak at a number of British mosques in a series of heavily promoted events, despite being prohibited from speaking in his own country.

Dec 20 13:12

CFR’s Preventive Priorities Survey for 2017 Fails to Mention the Main Thing

Nobody else but the US itself has created the security problems it faces.

On December 13, the Council on Foreign Relations released its annual Preventive Priorities Survey to help policymakers plan for potential contingencies. The document evaluates ongoing and potential violent conflicts and sources of instability based on the impact they would have on US interests as well as their likelihood of occurring in 2017.

Dec 20 13:07

Council on Foreign Relations – The Power Behind Big News (Fake News)

This is a video on NEWS FABRiCATiON and also about the powers that REALLY run the big media. It is no secret.

From World War II to the present the Establishment has maintained it’s LOCK grip on the Presidency. The subservient media keeps such information from becoming news.

The Elite however, occasionally have difficulty ruling themselves.

Dec 20 10:15

The Striking Audacity of the Coup-in-Process – Paul Craig Roberts

Unsubstantiated stories have been planted throughout the presstitute media by anonymous CIA officials that Donald Trump’s electoral victory was the result of Russian intervention. This absurd claim has now been elevated to the even more absurd claim that Putin himself oversaw and even conducted the manipulation of the US presidential election.

No evidence has been provided for these amazing claims.

As a result of the prestitutes’ lies, millions of peoples have been killed and dislocated.

Only a Counter-Coup Can Save American Democracy — Paul Craig Roberts

Dec 20 10:06

Anti-fracking campaigners lose High Court challenge to prevent drilling in Yorkshire

CAMPAIGNERS have lost a landmark High Court challenge, signalling the green light for fracking to begin in England.

Dec 20 09:03

A few initial short thoughts on the murder of the Russian Ambassador to Ankara

Okay, so tonight we have the name of the assassin, it is Mevlut Mert Aydintas, a 22 year old policeman who had been recently fired following the anti-Gulenist crackdown of Erdogan against the forces which had attempted to overthrow him recently.

When such an event occurs it is also important to ask cui bono – whom does it benefit?

Alas, both the Turks and the Russians have a long tradition of secrecy and we might never find out who, if anybody, really was behind Mevlut Mert Aydintas.

Dec 19 18:40

Virgin Media Broadband customers will face connection issues until January

Have a slow Christmas and a buffering New Year

Dec 19 17:12

The Bad Losers (And What They Fear Losing)

As the worst loser in American electoral history, she must blame Russia, rather than recognize that there were multiple reasons to vote against her.

If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems that the political machine backing Hillary Clinton can’t stand losing an election.

And why is that?

Because they are determined to impose “exceptional” America’s hegemony on the entire world, using military-backed regime changes, and Donald Trump seems poised to spoil their plans.

Dec 19 15:17

UK MEDIA: not so much faking news as telling half-truths

The time has come to stop saying ‘newspapers’ and start calling them ‘bigots-accuse’ papers.

Dec 19 14:47

Russophobia and Sinophobia – Pepe Escobar

As the asinine regime change attempt on Trump fades into the annals of failed color revolutions, keep your focus on the South China Sea.

It’s by now crystal clear the coup-in-progress against Donald Trump is a made in USA regime change op using standard hybrid war techniques such as manipulation of public opinion by mainstream media.

The coup has been articulated by the usual suspects, from neocons to neoliberalcons, “humanitarian” imperialists included, with a special starring role for their pet agency, the CIA, which during the Bush-Obama continuum further specialized in fake “intelligence”.

Dec 19 14:34

UK Airport, Railway And Post Workers To Walk Out On Christmas

A multi-industry walkout on a nationwide scale is set to disrupt rail, airline and postal services in the UK, raising serious concerns among authorities in the run-up to Christmas.

Dec 19 12:16

ANALYSIS: The inevitable collapse of the UK economy, and why delayed Brexit will make it far worse

The current global obsession with Brexit is not, in the fullness of time, going to fool historians. The one regrettable thing about the UK vote to leave the EU is that is has allowed most Brits to ignore one certainty: our economy is hopelessly unbalanced, and dangerously exposed to Crash2. Rigid ideology has extinguished the British voyager gene.

Dec 19 09:29

Blackout Britain: Festive electricity cuts and power crisis predicted for the New Year

The National Grid is failing to meet demand as “emergency power deals have become the norm,” according to a new report by a cross-party parliamentary group chaired by Grant Shapps.

Coal power station closures and the building of renewable energy plants will leave the country struggling to generate the required power supplies to feed British infrastructure and homes.

The British Infrastructure Group (BIG) believes the government’s attempt to meet certain climate change targets led to a cut back in capacity margins and extravagant price increases. The “interventionist energy policy,” Shapps believes, has left electricity supplies “dangerously small.”

Dec 19 07:51

BRITISH CLUSTER BOMBS USED IN SAUDI ARABIA’S YEMEN CAMPAIGN, RESEARCH FINDS

Despite strenuous denials, UK-made cluster bombs are indeed being used by Britain’s theocratic ally Saudi Arabia in its war on impoverished Yemen, according to the government’s own inquiries.

The new details have emerged through a leak to the Guardian from sources which claim that internal investigations support claims in the media that the outlawed munitions are in use.

The source said that the findings had been known by the government for up to a month.

However, the paper has also been told that Saudi Arabia – a major UK ally and one of its top arms customers – has not confirmed itself that the banned munitions are being used.

The revelations seem set to pile even more pressure on the UK to stop selling arms to the authoritarian regime.

The UK is a signatory to the 2010 treaty banning cluster munitions, which drop many tiny bomblets from the main device and can create what is in effect a minefield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, cluster bombs: to little children, they look almost the same, and the coloration on them is identical, to that of humanitarian food packages. And when there is no adult around to tell them not to touch the bombs, they can shred curious children who touch them into almost non-recoverable bits.

images: cluster bombs and food aid packages

This is what cluster bombs have done to children in Yemen: (warning: this image is very graphic and disturbing, but needs to be shared)

Results of Saudi use of cluster bombs in Yemen

And a small memo to the UK's Prime Minister May; congratulations; the UK is now complicit in war crimes, just as are your American cousins in the US government!

I am certain you are quite proud of your arms industry, Prime Minister, and it is obvious that this illegal sale of cluster munitions made someone in the UK a killing; literally.

But hey, profits uber alles, right?!? No matter how many innocent children and non-combatants these weapons kill, that's the only thing which matters.

You and your predecessor, David Cameron, should be standing in the docks in Old Bailey for crimes against humanity here, in aiding and abetting the Saudi Government by having supplied them with these weapons; all the more so, because the UK is a signatory to the 2010 treaty, banning cluster munitions.

Unfortunately, this will only happen when pigs fly, because politically, power protects the criminals who have used it for ill purposes.

You might want to ask Bill Clinton about that, particularly with his little "runway encounter" with Loretta Lynch, to "persuade" her to not charge Hillary Clinton for having mishandled classified documents with her personal email server.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 18 11:46

FOREIGN AID FARCE: How YOUR money is lining pockets of fat cat charity bosses

BOSSES of charities funded by British foreign aid are raking in massive six-figure salaries, it has emerged.

The fat cats are lining their pockets with cash from the Department for International Development (DFID) meant to help people in need.

They include former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

He is said to pocket an eye-watering £530,000 as president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), which helps refugees and disaster vitims.

Dec 18 10:40

Britain sends 'CLEAR MESSAGE' to Russia after revealing plans to train Ukrainian troops

BRITAIN will continue to train the Ukrainian troops until 2018 in the build up to a potential conflict with a more "belligerent" Russia, Michael Fallon has announced.

Dec 18 10:35

HEALTH ALERT: People urged not to eat supermarket gravy containing PAINT THINNER chemical

OFFICIALS have tonight issued an urgent safety notice after potentially dangerous levels of a paint thinner chemical were found in batches of supermarket gravy granules.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is urging people not to consume Kania Gravy Granules bought from the supermarket chain Lidl over fears they could cause nasty side effects.

Two batches of the product contain the chemical xylene, which is used to make paint thinner, and which when consumed can cause symptoms including headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

Dec 18 08:38

‘Russia Card’ Vendetta

Hack or Leak ?

When it comes to American politics specifically and European politics in general, there is nothing like playing the Russia card. If there is something wrong or there is something you don’t like, simply blame Vladimir Putin.That is exactly what the CIA is doing.

CrossTalking with Former Intelligence Analyst Ray McGovern, Former CIA Philip Giraldi, and James Jatras

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2016/12/russia-card-vendetta/

Dec 18 08:32

From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Fake Intelligence’ – Wayne Madsen

The real headlines should read: «CIA interfered in presidential election by supporting Clinton over Trump».

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election.

The U.S. media, in a matter of hours, altered course from concentrating on «fake news» about innocent pizzerias being linked to child sexual exploitation to spotlighting «fake intelligence» about Russia’s alleged cyber-espionage operation designed to elect Donald Trump president. The CIA leaked to The Washington Post, the owner of which has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing, findings of a secret report on Russia’s alleged «fixing» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to favor Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dec 17 16:20

Trump’s people ignore Electoral College threat at their electoral peril

We'll see in a few days how the Electoral College gambit (Hillary's "Plan D" - the first three being rig the election [A], recounts [B] and Russia [C], all failed) plays out.

Anyone who has access to the Trump transition team needs to get one clear message through to them. This is, that the 2016 election is NOT YET over, and Trump could find himself on the evening of December 19th with the new President-elect, Hillary Clinton, having a majority of the votes in the Electoral College which votes that day; or having the election sent to the US House of Representative for the outcome to be determined, as happened in 1800, 1824 and 1876 (for different reasons).

Dec 17 10:26

UK 'secretly selling arms to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere under opaque licencing system'

The UK is secretly selling arms to Saudi Arabia and other countries under an opaque type of export licence, it has been reported.

The military and defence industry is a major player in the UK economy, worth about £7.7bn a year.

But many of the countries buying British arms are run by governments with dubious human rights records, even though the destinations of such exports are supposed to meet human rights standards.

Dec 16 19:29

Over 1000 Muslims Block London Streets Chanting Allahu Akbar To Demand Islamic Caliphate

The street outside the empty embassy in Belgrave Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protestors and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for America to be punished over Aleppo.

The demonstration became an alternative to an official rally calling for an end to the bloodshed in Syria outside Downing Street.

Dec 16 17:48

British Troops Arrive In Middle East To Train Syrian Rebels

UK forces have arrived in the Middle East to help train moderate Syrian rebels engaged in the fight against ISIS.

Dec 16 17:44

Jewish Power is now British Law – It’s Official!

By Gilad Atzmon

For years I have argued that Jewish power is the power to silence criticism of Jewish Power. Now, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that my observation is spot on.

PM May has decided to accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism and to integrate it into British law.

According to the IHRA, “antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

Dec 16 16:15

Most UK Terrorism Arrests Result In No Charges – Home Office

The majority of UK terrorism arrests result in no charges or convictions, according to new Home Office figures.

The statistics show that the vast majority of suspects arrested in relation to terrorism over the last decade and a half are eventually released without charge.

Dec 16 14:03

Priests, Teachers, Coaches: Children’s Home Sex Abuse Survivors Publish Harrowing Report

More details are emerging on the alleged sexual abuse of dozens of children at a care home in London, as survivors publish their own 129-page report after losing faith in the official inquiry.

Dec 16 13:12

Farage Undermines PM Theresa May Again With 3rd Donald Trump Meeting

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has visited Trump Tower in New York for the third time, in what is likely to be a major embarrassment to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who has yet to meet the US president-elect.

US news reporters confirmed Farage entered the lobby of Trump Tower in New York at 2:23pm (EST) and went up in the elevator which takes visitors to Donald Trump’s office.

Dec 16 11:45

Former Britain First Leader Paul Golding Jailed For Breaching Mosque Ban

The former leader of far-right group Britain First has been jailed for eight weeks after he breached a High Court order which prohibited him from entering mosques in England and Wales.

Paul Golding, who stepped down as leader of the group last month, pleaded guilty to the charge following the breach.

Dec 16 11:05

Trudeau Leads The Globalists, UK Denies Brexit Could Take 10 Years

Justin Trudeau: 'Globalisation isn't working for ordinary people'

Dec 16 10:58

London’s 328-Year-Old Lloyd’s Insurance Market Plans EU Move In The Coming Year

After 328 years in the city, Lloyd’s of London will become one of the first major UK businesses to confirm moving part of its operation to the continent as a result of Brexit.

Earlier this year, the insurance giant’s chairman John Nelson said London’s status as a global insurance leader had been put at risk by the result of the June EU referendum.

Dec 16 10:10

All By Myself: Awkward Footage Appears To Show Theresa May Being Snubbed At EU Summit

Footage shared on social media shows the awkward moment UK Prime Minister Theresa May appears to be shunned by her European counterparts at an EU Summit.

The PM was left in no doubt as to Britain’s new place in the EU on Thursday, when European leaders looked like they were snubbing her after a key meeting.

Dec 16 09:58

1,000 MUSLIMS CHANTING ‘ALLAHU AKBAR’ STORM LONDON STREETS DEMANDING CREATION OF AN ISLAMIC CALIPHATE

The street outside the empty embassy in Belgrave Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protestors and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for America to be punished over Aleppo.

Dec 16 09:33

Second drug giant ‘ripped off NHS’ by hiking up cost of lifesaving drug by 12,000 PER CENT

Actavis UK hiked the cost of 10mg hydrocortisone tablets from 70p in April 2008 to an eye-watering £88 per pack by March this year, according to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

It equates to an increase of more than 12,000 per cent.

Before April 2008, the NHS spent about £522,000 a year on hydrocortisone tablets.

But by 2015, this had soared to a whopping £70million a year.

Dec 16 09:09

Russia’s UK ambassador: ‘I asked MPs how they will fight terrorists in Syria. I got no answer’

“They were concerned about humanitarian aid, but I said I see no plans from the UK to provide direct humanitarian aid. I informed them what Russia was doing – 35 tons of food a day, supplies for two hospitals, capable of treating 450 people a day,” Yakovenko told RT in an interview straight after the talks. “All this talk of humanitarian problems in Aleppo should be supported by deeds.”

On Thursday, the UK’s Defense Secretary, Michael Fallon, said that “Aleppo is a tragedy of Russia’s making,” suggesting that the recapture of the city, supported by Russia’s Air Force, had a high human cost.

“Their position is not consistent,” Yakovenko, who has been in his post in London for almost six years, said of the MPs. “They are emphasizing the humanitarian point of view, but the eastern part of Aleppo was held hostage by the terrorists, and hundreds, maybe thousands were killed, and I hope now these atrocities are in the past.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We are gooooooood. Russia is baaaaaaaaad. That's all we need to know!" -- Number 9 3/4

Dec 16 08:30

‘Auschwitz A Theme Park’: Blogger In Court For UK’s First Anti-Jewish Racism Private Prosecution

A Derbyshire blogger, who is accused of posting a video calling Auschwitz a “theme park” and gas chambers a “hoax,” has appeared in court in what is believed to be the first private prosecution in the UK for anti-Jewish racism.

Dec 15 18:03

London Woman 1st In World To Give Birth Using Ovarian Tissue Frozen Before Puberty

A London woman is believed to be the first in the world to give birth with the help of ovarian tissue that was frozen before she reached puberty. The tissue was removed from her body ahead of chemotherapy treatment needed to treat a blood disorder.

Dec 15 16:46

Bob Geldof's Brexit U-turn: Rock star admits European Union does NOT work

REMAIN campaigner Sir Bob Geldof has done a U-turn and unleashed a blistering attack on the European Union.

One of the highest-profile pro-EU campaigners during the Brexit referendum, he said Brussels needs a radical overhaul quickly.

“Europe needs reform – it is sclerotic,” he told Trinity College Dublin’s Law Society.

“The whole system is constipated. It needs a laxative to clear it out.”

Dec 15 15:52

Disunited Europe: EU Parliament Angry It Has No Say In Brexit Negotiations

Divisions over how to handle the Brexit are emerging within the EU, with MEPs threatening to begin their own negotiations with the UK if they are not given a say in the talks.

Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt launched an attack on representatives of the Council of the European Union on Wednesday, accusing them of trying to sideline the European Parliament in Brexit negotiations.

Dec 15 14:03

How does it feel being interfered with, America?

Stuart Littlewood highlights the irony of Americans complaining about alleged Russian meddling in their elections when the US and its UK ally seem to have set themselves regime change as a standard foreign policy goal.

Dec 15 13:25

Video: ‘Iran Is Interfering In The Middle East’ Says Ridiculous Theresa May So Iran Summons UK Ambassador

Iran summons UK envoy over 'divisive' May remarks to Gulf Arabs
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May smiles as she meets the King of Bahrain King Hamad Bin Isa Khalifa in Manama, Bahrain, December 7, 2016.

Dec 15 12:34

1000 Muslims block London streets chanting Allahu Akbar to demand Islamic caliphate

The street outside the empty embassy in Belgrave Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protestors and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for America to be punished over Aleppo.

The demonstration became an alternative to an official rally calling for an end to the bloodshed in Syria outside Downing Street.

During the speeches which lasted almost an hour the crowd chanted Allahu Akbar 'God is the greatest' and cheered for those calling for a global caliphate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Did I hear the word 'global' ?!?" -- George Sore-Ass

Dec 15 10:44

UK Foreign Secretary Urged To Pressure Manama To Release Activist

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been urged to pressure the Bahraini royal family to set free prominent opposition leader and human rights activist Nabeel Rajab.

More than 20 MPs from the Conservatives, Labour, the Scottish National party, the Democratic Unionist party, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the SDLP sent a letter to the Foreign Office on Wednesday, voicing concern over detention of the activist in the tiny Persian Gulf country.

Dec 15 07:30

THE ULTIMATE “FAKE NEWS” LIST

Isn’t it ironic how the mainstream media has the nerve to lecture everyone else about “fake news” when they are the primary source of fake news on a consistent basis stretching back years?

Fake news stories and fake narratives put out by the mainstream media have resulted in deaths, destruction and people’s lives being ruined.

The most harmful fake news is routinely published by the mainstream media.

They are the main progenitors of fake news.

Dec 15 07:14

US and UK Spied Passengers on Planes for 10 Years

US and British spies have been intercepting data transfers and listening in on mobile phone calls made on passenger planes for ten years, according to leaked classified files.

Dec 15 06:06

A British citizen has been tortured by Israel’s secret police

but he's of Lebanese descent so it's OK.

Dec 14 19:48

British Police Nab Six Over Terror Plot For Christmas

British police say they have arrested six people suspected of plotting terror attacks for Christman on behalf of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group (ISIL) in the United Kingdom.

Police officials said the arrests in the English Midlands city of Derby on Monday foiled a “significant” terror plan that came after months of close surveillance by the MI5 and counter-terrorism police forces.

Dec 14 14:46

If Politicians Want Aleppo Airdrops, They Should Be On The Planes Themselves – MP

Fiery former army colonel-turned-MP Bob Stewart has told MPs lobbying for military intervention in the ruined Syrian city of Aleppo that if they want airdrops, they had better volunteer to be on the planes.

Dec 14 14:43

Blame It on the Russians! The UK Politician Blames Russia for BREXIT

It’s safe to say that blaming election results that some people find unfavorable on Russia has become fashionable lately.

Dec 14 10:41

Algerian Underworld Helping Traffickers Smuggle Potential Terrorists Into UK – Greek Investigators

People traffickers were able to smuggle hundreds of illegal immigrants into Britain, including potential terrorists, with the help of counterfeit passports, Greek investigators have revealed.

Police forces in Britain and Greece seized 33 suspected members of a gang charging Iranian citizens up to £12,500 (US$15,800) for high-quality fake passports. An estimated 1,100 people used the service.

Dec 14 10:10

Scottish Amazon Workers Sleeping in Tents, Facing 'Intolerable' Work Conditions

The company annually hires tens of thousands of temporary workers to run its fulfillment centers around the world during the busy winter holiday season.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, not to worry; this is precisely the kind of life Jeff Bezos envisions for ALL the world's poor, particularly if they have the misfortune of working for his company!

And this will not be the first time Bezos' vision of "social responsibility" has been scrutinized:

Jeff Bezos defends Amazon working conditions from attack

Dec 14 06:58

Remoaner SAVAGED by Brexit backers for 'CRAZY' claims Russian hackers SWAYED EU referendum

A BITTER Remoaner has been ripped apart by a group of Brexiteers for claiming Russian hackers "probably" influenced the outcome of the historic EU referendum vote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But, but, but ... it worked for Hillary!!!!!"

Dec 13 16:29

If politicians want Aleppo airdrops, they should be on the planes themselves – MP

Fiery former army colonel-turned-MP Bob Stewart has told MPs lobbying for military intervention in the ruined Syrian city of Aleppo that if they want airdrops, they had better volunteer to be on the planes.

He was speaking at an emergency Commons debate on the question of how the UK should respond to the end of the four-year siege of the city by the Assad government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The British version of "Here's your rifle..."

Dec 13 15:59

'That's a bit rich!' Brexit supporters ridicule claim of Remoaner MP Ben Bradshaw that Russian hackers 'probably' swayed the EU referendum

Russian hackers 'probably' swayed the historic EU referendum vote for Brexit, a former Cabinet minister has claimed.

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw, a prominent Remain supporter, raised doubts about the validity of the result in June as he warned that people were underestimating the extent of cyber-warfare by Vladimir Putin.

Dec 13 15:52

UK’s £22mn Payouts To Iraqis Over Military Abuse Now Under Scrutiny

Payouts over the abuse and detention of Iraqi nationals by the British military adding up to more than £22 million (US$27.5 million) are now under fire after details were obtained by the press.

The Daily Mail, which saw documents relating to previous payouts, says that many of the cases were settled because of European human rights law.

Dec 13 15:31

Blueprint For The Future? Police To Be Replaced By Private Security Firm

A village in the UK is set to lose it’s police force and be replaced by a private security firm, it has emerged.

Residents in Selston, Nottinghamshire, may have to pay upwards of £130,000 per year for protection as crime in the area has skyrocketed by 30% since losing all their full time police officers 2 years ago.

Dec 13 14:57

Blueprint For The Future? Police To Be Replaced By Private Security Firm

A village in the UK is set to lose it’s police force and be replaced by a private security firm, it has emerged.

Residents in Selston, Nottinghamshire, may have to pay upwards of £130,000 per year for protection as crime in the area has skyrocketed by 30% since losing all their full time police officers 2 years ago.

Dec 13 14:48

Targeted Homeless People Sprayed With Freezing Water On ‘Hostile’ British Streets

Homeless people are facing increasingly hostile streets as more rough sleepers find their nights disturbed by “deliberate noise pollution” and “defensive architecture,” as well as attempts to spray them with water as they sleep.

Crisis, a homelessness charity, said 20 percent of those it surveyed claimed to experience deliberate attempts to disturb their sleep and force them away from public spaces.

Dec 13 14:43

70% Of London Open To Hackers And Cyber Attacks

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed that almost 70% of London boroughs are wide open to security breaches.

London councils are ill-prepared to deal with hacks and cyber attacks as it has emerged that 69% are using outdated software, including Windows Server 2003, SQL Server 2005, and Windows Server 2000.

Dec 13 14:31

UK Prime Minister Theresa May renews vow of servility to Israel

Two weeks to the day after the deputy leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Tom Watson, assured Zionist lobbyists of his complete and unconditional subservience to Israel, his prime minister, Theresa May, has gone even further.

Addressing more than 800 guests of the Zionist lobby group, Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), she delivered what the Israeli news website Ynet described as “a staunchly pro-Israel speech… during which she declared her government’s unwavering support for Israel” and “proclaimed her unequivocal opposition to boycotts” of the apartheid state... >>

Dec 13 14:04

Suspected ‘Muslim Killer’ Stabs Man On South London Train

A man wielding a knife and reportedly shouting about “killing Muslims” stabbed another passenger on a train in north London.

The British Transport Police has confirmed that “one person has been arrested on suspicion of [great bodily harm]” after being called to Forest Hill railway station around 13:00 GMT.

Dec 13 11:31

‘Morally Wrong’ Not To Let EU Citizens Stay After Brexit, MPs From All Sides Tell Govt

European citizens living in Britain should be allowed to remain in the country after the Brexit process is complete, MPs from both the Leave and Remain campaigns told the government.

An expert panel composed of politicians, trade unionists and employers groups has come forward with a series of proposals on how to manage the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union without affecting the rights of current residents. But Prime Minister Theresa May is refusing to agree the status of the close-to-3 million EU nationals living in the country until the rights of Britons residing in other European states is guaranteed.

Dec 13 09:32

Hammond: Delay Brexit For Risks To Financial Stability

British Chancellor Philip Hammond has called for a delay to completing the Brexit process, saying it might otherwise pose “risks to financial stability.”

Hammond said Monday that “an emerging view among businesses, among regulators and among thoughtful politicians” necessitated a transitional deal after Brexit.

Dec 12 23:12

Exclusive Interview with President-elect Donald Trump Dec 11 2016

The Trump Wave – Chris Wallace with President-elect Donald Trump

When asked why would the CIA put out the story that the Russians wanted you to win, Trump said I don’t think it is the CIA, I think it is the Democrat’s,because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics.

I am open-minded… I’m somebody that gets it…other countries are eating our lunch…the great American people have been forgotten…millions of people have given up looking for work… I understand our country – Donald J Trump

Dec 12 17:17

Drones To Be Equipped With Britain’s Much-Vaunted, Barely Used, Brimstone Missiles

UK drones are to be equipped with the much-vaunted Brimstone missiles which were used to justify involvement in Syria but then barely used, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

Dec 12 17:14

Flashback: Languishing in Arizona, our once-mighty fleet of Harriers... sold for the price of just ONE of their US-made replacements

They were once the pride of Britain’s RAF and Royal Navy – but now these stripped-down Harrier vertical take-off jump jets sit like skeletons in the famous US aircraft ‘Boneyard’ in the Arizona desert.

The once iconic aircraft – whose original versions first saw active service more than 40 years ago – are among some of the 72 Harriers that Britain prematurely scrapped and then sold to America for a knockdown £116?million last November.

Dec 12 17:13

Defense experts warn of 'disaster' for Britain after Donald Trump suggests undoing 'out of control' F-35 fighter jet project

"If the US were to cancel the programme in its entirety tomorrow, the UK would truly be up a creek without a paddle," Francis Tusa, editor of Defence Analysis, said.

Financially, Britain would lose the £2bn it has contributed to the research and development of the supersonic jet, which has been designed to avoid detection on enemy radar.

And, Mr Tusa said, it would leave the UK without a plane to put on its new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers: "This is the only plane with vertical landing".

"Worry not, we've got lots of old Harr ... eh?"

Dec 12 16:52

Majority of employers planning to take on more staff, says recruiter

Most employers expect to boost job numbers in the new year as the post-referendum panic fades.

ManpowerGroup, the recruitment agency, said its quarterly survey of employers found they have shrugged off concerns about the impact of Brexit to report an improved outlook for the first three months of 2017.

The survey, which is based on responses from 2,104 UK employers, reported a rise of two points in its employment index to +7%, the highest level of optimism in two years.

Mark Cahill, the managing director of ManpowerGroup UK, said: “Employers are still unsure about what exactly Brexit will mean, but are not letting that uncertainty deter them from hiring.”

Dec 12 16:27

Britain’s Post-Brexit Trading Via WTO Could Be ‘Blocked Over Territorial Disputes’

Britain’s push for a new post-Brexit World Trade Organization (WTO) settlement could be thwarted by countries with which it has territorial disputes such as Argentina and Spain, experts warn.

Dec 12 15:13

Homeless People Sprayed With Water As They Sleep On British Streets

Homeless people are finding British streets to be increasingly hostile places for rough sleepers who say they are being targeted with “deliberate noise pollution”, “defensive architecture,” and attempts to spray them with water as they sleep.

Dec 12 13:22

Obama Out Not With a Bang, But a Whimp

The whimpering Obama administration is not over yet. Expect more sensational CIA exploits; more demonization of Russia; more weaponizing of “moderate” Syrian “rebels”; and even the odd false flag.

Clinton’s campaign – fully supported by President Obama — spent a whopping $1.2 billion and floundered ignominiously at the US presidential election. So Obama decided that the consolation “prize” is to order the “intelligence community” – a contradiction in terms – to conduct a “full review” of how the evil Russians handed out the Big Prize to Donald Trump.

Dec 12 13:16

Stop the CIA Coup – The Deep State versus Donald Trump

The CIA is up to its old tricks: overthrowing a democratically elected government. Only this time it’s our government.

“The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal US assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior US official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.” [emphasis added]

Dec 12 11:50

UK To Adopt Official Anti-Semitism Definition Following Rise In Incidents Targeting Jews – Reports

Britain will reportedly become one of the first nations to adopt an official definition of anti-Semitism, following an increase in the number of reported incidents targeting Jews.

Prime Minister Theresa May is apparently set to deliver a speech in which she will state that the adoption of the definition “means there will be one definition of anti-Semitism – in essence, language, or behavior that displays hatred towards Jews because they are Jews – and anyone guilty of that will be called out on it.”

Dec 12 08:57

£70,000 Raised In Crowdfunding For New Case Against Brexit

A fresh legal bid initiated by a British barrister is to be taken to an Irish court after thousands supported his case via a crowdfunding platform in an effort to derail Brexit.

The new legal challenge to the results of the British referendum is to be taken to Ireland’s High Court, which is expected to decide whether Article 50 – the one that sets out the process of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU – is revocable once it is activated. The court is also set to rule on whether leaving the EU means automatically leaving the European Economic Area.

Dec 12 08:36

UK adopts antisemitism definition to combat hate crime against Jews

The government is to formally adopt a definition of what constitutes antisemitism, which includes over-sweeping condemnation of Israel, with Theresa May saying the measure will help efforts to combat hate crime against Jews.

Britain will become one of the first countries to use this definition of antisemitism, as agreed last May at a conference of the Berlin-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), the prime minister will say in London.

Dec 12 08:35

Targeted homeless people sprayed with freezing water on ‘hostile’ British streets

Homeless people are facing increasingly hostile streets as more rough sleepers find their nights disturbed by “deliberate noise pollution” and “defensive architecture,” as well as attempts to spray them with water as they sleep.

Dec 12 06:20

It's not he or she - it's ze: Oxford students told to use 'gender neutral pronouns'

Deliberately using the wrong pronoun for a transgender person is an offence under Oxford's behaviour code.

Dec 11 16:19

Delegitimising Israel: Nobody does it better than the Israelis themselves

Stuart Littlewood laments the double standards of the UK and US which stifle debate of Israel and forced academics to relocate a conference on Israel to Ireland after repeated censorship by Southampton University.

Dec 11 12:32

‘Total respect!’ Troops show their love for Trump at Army-Navy game; check out the video, photos

This is the year of breaking records, Army beating Navy after 14 years
The annual Army-Navy game is a proud American tradition often attended by U.S. Presidents ever since Theodore Roosevelt first attended a snow-filled event in 1901.

The 117th annual game, however, saw the first president-elect on record in attendance.

If you were at the game or watching on television, you couldn’t have missed Trump’s entrance thanks to the massive cheers coming from the military cadets in attendance.

Dec 10 23:00

NSPCC reveals a 26 per cent rise in number of children self harming in East of England, including Essex, Southend and Thurrock

A LEADING charity has revealed a worrying 26 per cent rise in the number of children and young people treated in hospital after self-harming in the East of England, which includes Essex.

New NSPCC research reveals that nearly 19,000 children and young people in England and Wales were admitted to hospital for self-harm last year – an increase of almost 2,400 - 14 per cent - in the past three years.

Last year 2,484 children and young people were hospitalised across the East of England for self-harm, with professionals seeing over 500 more cases than three years ago.

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-antidepressants-se...

Dec 10 22:58

Poundworld fined £190,000 for selling 72,000 dangerous mobile phone charger kits

Discount retailer Poundworld has been prosecuted and ordered to pay more than £190,000 in fines and costs after selling thousands of faulty phone charger kits with forged safety test certificates to consumers in the UK.

Dec 10 22:52

Theresa May faces new Brexit legal challenge

Theresa May faces a new challenge to her bid to start the process to take Britain out of the European Union after it emerged that opponents plan to launch a fresh legal action on Monday.

Campaigners are planning to write to the government to say that they are going to launch a High Court action to keep Britain in the single market.

The claimants are seeking a judicial review in an attempt to give MPs a new power of veto over the terms on which Britain leaves the EU, following a legal path set by campaigner Gina Miller whose case was heard in the Supreme Court last week.

Dec 10 17:27

President-elect Trump Delivers Remarks At “Thank You” Rally In Michigan

President-elect Trump Kicks Off Victory Tour in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“You the American people will be in-charge. Your voice will never fall on deaf ears again.”

“Thank you Michigan. We are going to bring back your jobs & together, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Dec 10 17:23

Marine Generals on Trump’s Team

"Mad Dog" Mattis Plays no Games" - Donald Trump

Former members of the Marines, the military’s smallest but proudest branch have gone on to become senators, governors, and senior government officials. But never has a former Marine become president of the United States. Perhaps with the elevation of these Marines into senior foreign policy roles, that could change.

Dec 10 12:36

UK Committed To Security Of Persian Gulf Allies: Johnson

The UK “is back” in the Persian Gulf region and will remain committed to the security of its Arab allies there in the foreseeable future, says British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson.

Dec 10 12:35

GCHQ Spied On Former Colonies & African Leaders, Including UK Allies – Snowden Leaks

Britain’s electronic spy agency listened in on businessmen, government departments and politicians, including heads of state closely allied to the UK, according to the latest Snowden leaks.

The documents, first seen by French Newspaper Le Monde, are likely to cause severe diplomatic issues between the UK and, for example, Kenya, whose President Mwai Kibaki was named in the leaks alongside his senior advisers.

Dec 10 00:44

Rolling Back the Empire: Washington’s Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo

It appears that the battle of Aleppo is about to end and the Syrian Army is on the “verge of total victory.”

Syrian Army helicopters dropped leaflets on parts of eastern Aleppo on Sunday warning anti-government fighters to surrender while they still had the chance. Hundreds of jihadists have already laid down their weapons and surrendered while a hardline corps of deadenders continue to fend off the rapidly advancing army.

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