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Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 12:24

Britain’s Ambassador To France Says UK Will Not Talk To Marine Le Pen

UK ambassador to France Ed Llewellyn says the UK will not forge ties with far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen because it is not government policy.

Llewellyn told MPs that Britain had a long standing policy of not engaging with Front National, despite Le Pen polling in second place behind ex-prime minister Francois Fillon.

Jan 12 11:10

UK Adoption Of US Drone Assassination Model ‘Shocking’ – Campaigners

Britain will look to the US drone assassination model as it seeks to update its own rules of war, a move campaigners say is deeply concerning.

Sir Jeremy Wright QC, the government’s senior lawyer, will give a speech on the law as it relates to targeted killing. Wright will speak at the International Institute for Strategic Studies on Wednesday.

Jan 12 09:31

Lloyds Bank customers still flogging the online dead horse

Day two and old nag Lloyds Banking Group’s online and mobile app services are still up and down like the Grand National, with no sign that customers will be put out of their misery any time soon.

An outage yesterday morning prevented punters from logging onto their accounts, to, say, apply for a loan or perhaps re-examine the damage caused by the financial blow-up over Chrimbo.

Lloyds, which claimed things were back up and running around lunchtime yesterday, refused to cough details on the nature of the problem and wouldn’t do so “even if” it knew the reason. But Reg readers told us access was patchy into the afternoon and again this morning.

A mouthpiece at Lloyds confirmed today, “we are still experiencing some intermittent issues”. He said, “We are still investigating, I don’t want to speculate on what the cause is.”

Jan 12 09:27

Government quietly launched ‘assault on freedom’ while distracting people, say campaigners behind legal challenge

The Government passed an “assault on freedom” while people were afraid and distracted, according to campaigners.

Campaign group Liberty is requesting a High Court judicial review of the wide-ranging new spying tactics in the Investigatory Powers Act.

That law was passed at the end of last year and gives spies – and a range of other organisations including the Food Standards Agency – the power to see anyone’s entire internet history, alongside other unprecedented rules. The Liberty challenge will focus on bulk powers, which let intelligence agencies collect up huge amount of data in case it needs to be used in future, meaning that people not under investigation have their information watched.

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It is more than a little depressing to understand that this legislation has come from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta.

Jan 12 09:07

Israeli government cash to UK’s Union of Jewish Students exposed

The Union of Jewish Students receives funding from the Israeli embassy in London, a six-month investigation into the Israel lobby has revealed.

“The Israeli embassy in the UK gives money to the Union of Jewish Students,” pro-Israel activist Adam Schapira says, speaking to an undercover reporter.

This comes to light in episode one of Al Jazeera’s groundbreaking film The Lobby which was broadcast on Wednesday, and can be watched in the video above.

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 11 20:09

Govt Expects To Lose Brexit Trigger Case – Report

The British government expects to lose its landmark legal battle to start Brexit without going through Parliament and has drafted versions of a bill to put to lawmakers over the ruling, it has been reported.

Sources told the Guardian that senior government figures are convinced seven of the 11 Supreme Court judges will uphold the High Court’s demand that Prime Minister Theresa May secure the consent of MPs and peers before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Jan 11 18:27

Govt Expects To Lose Brexit Trigger Case – Report

The British government expects to lose its landmark legal battle to start Brexit without going through Parliament and has drafted versions of a bill to put to lawmakers over the ruling, it has been reported.

Jan 11 17:29

The UK economy is doing pretty well but inflation is on the cards

Today is a day where we await a raft of UK economic data under what is called an improvement by the Office for National Statistics.

Jan 11 17:01

How many British MPs are working for Israel?*

Al Jazeera are to be congratulated on an undercover investigation exposing something most of us could probably have guessed: that some Israeli embassy staff in the UK – let’s not pussy around, Mossad agents – are working with senior political activists and politicians in the Conservative and Labour parties to subvert their own parties from within, and skew British foreign policy so that it benefits Israeli, rather than British, interests.

Jan 11 16:18

France Courts US For Top NATO Job After UK Isolated By Brexit

France has been trying to muscle its way into a senior NATO position traditionally held by the UK since Britain voted to leave the European Union last year.

In the most recent chapter in a centuries old history of feuds between the two rival states, France is seeking to prevent a British general from becoming deputy supreme allied commander, a role that has been held by Britain almost continually since World War II.

Jan 11 15:54

‘Juvenile Delinquent’ Nigel Farage Has ‘No Clue’ About Brexit, Says EU Commissioner

Nigel Farage has been branded a “juvenile delinquent” by European Union Commissioner Phil Hogan, who said the former UKIP leader’s efforts to influence Brexit negotiations are pointless and harmful.

Jan 11 15:20

Britain Admits Selling 500 Cluster Bombs To Saudi Arabia, Some Used In Yemen

Britain exported 500 cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia in the 1980s which may have been used in the current war against Houthi rebels in Yemen, an official report shows. The munitions are now banned under international law.

It is the first time the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed how many of the British-made devices have been exported to Saudi Arabia.

Jan 11 11:28

English Patriotism Is Overtaking British Identity, Poll Shows

British identity is declining rapidly and English patriotism is on the rise with many more now describing themselves as just English, a new study has found.

According to a recent YouGov poll, nearly one fifth of those quizzed described themselves as English rather than British – a rise of 5 percent on 2015 figures.

Jan 11 10:45

Health Experts Call For Ban On Alcohol Advertising In UK

British health experts call for a ban on alcohol advertising in the United Kingdom after a new study claims the industry’s marketing methods encourage young people to drink.

Jan 11 09:27

Nurse lured to park by 'fake cries for help' then sexually abused by five ‘African’ men

POLICE are today hunting five men of “African appearance” who lured a nurse into a park with fake cries for help then beat her unconscious and sexually abused her.

Jan 11 09:12

Britain To Review Its Cyber-Security After Alleged US Election Hacks

The British government has launched a national inquiry into its own cyber-security after US intelligence agencies alleged that Russian hackers interfered with the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

Margaret Becker, the chair of the UK parliament’s joint committee on national security strategy said: “Attention has recently focused on the potential exploitation of the cyber domain by other states and associated actors for political purposes.

Jan 11 08:12

Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

An unspecified glitch at Lloyds Bank Group prevented customers from logging into their accounts via a browser or app this morning.

Services were unavailable for several hours during the outage, though the company kept mum on Twitter about the causes.

“We are aware that some customers may have experienced issues logging on to Internet Banking this morning across all Lloyds Banking Group brand. This service is now working normally and we apologise for any inconvenience caused,” a mouthpiece at the firm told us.

El Reg asked about the cause of the downtime but the Lloyds rep candidly said that she “wouldn’t be able to provide [the reason for the outage], even if we had one”.

Jan 10 18:59

Britain To Review Its Cyber-Security After Alleged US Election Hacks

The British government has launched a national inquiry into its own cyber-security after US intelligence agencies alleged that Russian hackers interfered with the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

Margaret Becker, the chair of the UK parliament’s joint committee on national security strategy said: “Attention has recently focused on the potential exploitation of the cyber domain by other states and associated actors for political purposes.

Jan 10 18:08

Pro-EU Alliance Blocks Euroskeptic Five Star Movement After Group Ditched UKIP

Italy’s Five Star Movement (M5S), an anti-establishment party, has failed in its attempt to join a pro-EU free market group in the European Parliament after publicly ditching its alliance with the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

In an embarrassing blow to M5S’ founder Beppe Grillo, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) rejected the radical Italian party on Monday, citing deep-rooted incompatibilities.

Jan 10 16:57

Merkel Warns UK It Must Accept 'Four Freedoms' In EU After Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the European Union must consider restricting Britain’s access to the bloc’s single market if London does not accept the four basic freedoms of movement when it exits the EU.

Merkel repeated her warning on Monday that there could not be any Brexit negotiations based on the UK “cherry picking” parts of the EU it prefers without accepting the “four freedoms”– the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people.

Jan 10 16:17

Boris Johnson Rejects Calls To Punish Israel Over Diplomat ‘Take Down’ Plot

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has rejected calls to sanction the Israeli embassy in London after one of its diplomats was secretly filmed discussing with a Conservative staffer how British officials with a pro-Palestinian stance could be “taken down.”

Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Johnson said diplomat Shai Masot was no longer working in London and that the Israeli embassy had issued a full apology.

Jan 10 15:51

Immigrants Should Be Taught To Queue Properly, Says British Dame

Migrants to the UK must be taught to understand British things like queuing and being nice, according to the government’s integration adviser.

Dame Louise Casey told the Communities and Local Government Select Committee on Monday that too many migrants had not grasped the basic tenets of British life.

Jan 10 15:03

Government’s Sweeping Spying Powers Face Challenge In British Court

Core parts of the UK’s new spying powers bill may soon be reviewed in court since civil rights NGO Liberty launched a crowd-funded legal challenge.

Liberty aims to have the most concerning parts of what it terms “sweeping state spying powers” examined in depth with a view to limiting what some see as the most draconian set of surveillance powers in the Western world.

Jan 10 14:47

UK ‘First In Line’ For US Trade Deals After Brexit: Johnson

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Britain is “first in line” for striking a trade deal with the incoming administration of US President-elect Donald Trump, seemingly putting to rest concerns over President Barack Obama’s warnings against Brexit.

Jan 10 14:14

UK Can Be ‘Better Off’ After Brexit: Labour Leader

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will say that Britain “can be better off” after leaving the European Union (EU), softening his tone on Brexit, according to the released parts of the speech he is set to make on Tuesday.

Jan 10 12:26

Theresa May Hints At ‘Hard Brexit’ Outside Single Market

Prime Minister Theresa May has hinted the UK is heading for a ‘hard Brexit,’ as the country will not seek to “keep bits” of EU membership.

The PM’s response to a question on whether Britain will prioritize immigration controls over access to the single market caused the pound to drop on Monday, falling to its lowest level since late October.

Jan 10 10:11

England’s Booming Population Spells Commuter Hell For Drivers

England’s rapidly increasing population will mean drivers in 2030 will lose an extra 12 hours a year in traffic jams, a study predicts.

The nation’s already busy roads will be even more congested in 13 years’ time, thanks to a population boom which will see Britain overtake France as the second most populated country in Europe, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Jan 10 09:26

Starving to death on NHS wards?

A shocking claim, based on figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The data for England and Wales shows that in 2015, hunger and/or dehydration were a factor in 828 patient deaths in hospitals and care homes.

Jan 10 09:01

Judge Who Called ‘Racist’ Defendant ‘A C**T’ Cleared Of Misconduct

A British judge who called a defendant a “bit of a c**t” during sentencing has been cleared of misconduct.

Judge Patricia Lynch QC was sentencing John Hennigan at Chelmsford Crown Court in August last year for his ninth bout of antisocial behavior in 11 years when the exchange took place.

Fifty-year-old Hennigan was in the dock when he told Lynch she was a “bit of a c**t,” to which the judge responded: “You are a bit of a c**t yourself. Being offensive to me does not help.”

Jan 10 08:42

Israeli Lobby: “Take Down” UK Ministers

Israel’s brazen interference in British politics has been revealed once again with the covert filming of the senior Jewish political officer at its London embassy boasting that he is going to “take down” senior politicians who are hostile to illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Jan 09 16:39

‘Would You Like To Carry A Gun?’ British Police Asked

British police are taking part in a survey to determine whether they would like to routinely carry guns and Tasers to counter possible terrorist attacks.

The Metropolitan Police Federation, London’s police union, launched a major new survey on Monday to ask its 32,000 members if being armed at all times would actually demoralize officers on the job.

Jan 09 15:38

Ransomware sleazeballs target UK schools

Cybercrooks are targeting UK schools, demanding payments of up to £8,000 to unlock data they have encrypted with malware.

Action Fraud warns that fraudsters are cold-calling schools claiming to be from the Department of Education and asking for the head teachers’ email addresses. Crooks then send booby-trapped emails with infectious zip attachments supposedly containing sensitive information.

In reality, these files carry file-encrypting ransomware. Action Fraud is urging educational establishments to be vigilant.

Jan 09 15:27

'May Hasn't Ruled Anything In Or Out In Brexit Talks': Spokeswoman

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled nothing in or out before starting talks on her country’s formal exit from the European Union, according to her spokeswoman.

“She hasn’t ruled anything in or out – she’s said she wants the best possible deal for trading with and operating within the single market,” the Downing Street spokeswoman said on Monday, according to Reuters. The report did not name the official.

Jan 09 14:12

How many British MPs are working for Israel?

Jonathan Cook underlines the need for an inquiry into Israel's collusion with British politicians to influence and subvert UK policy, and laments that it was Aljazeera, not the British media, which exposed the extent of this collusion.

Jan 09 13:51

New Wave Of Strikes To Further Cripple UK Public Transportation

A new round of walkouts by public transportation workers is set to hit the UK, following the government of Prime Minister Theresa May’s failure in addressing long-running contract disputes and job security concerns.

The industrial action will begin on Monday, when workers with the London Underground stage a 24-hour strike by closing subway stations in the central parts of the capital.

Jan 09 09:51

Labour Calls For Investigation Into Israeli Diplomat’s Plot Against MPs

Britain’s opposition Labour Party has called for an investigation into an “extremely disturbing” plot by an Israeli diplomat against pro-Palestinian MPs.

The party’s foreign affairs spokeswoman, Emily Thornberry, slammed Tel Aviv Sunday after release of a video, in which an Israeli embassy official is heard plotting to “take down” some of UK lawmakers.

Jan 09 08:25

Israeli Diplomat's Plot to “Take Down” UK MPs Caught on Camera

It’s the 21st century and we’re used to all sorts of scandals involving politicians.

Jan 09 07:07

How Many British MPs Are Working For Israel?

Al Jazeera is to be congratulated on an undercover investigation exposing something most of us could probably have guessed: that some Israeli embassy staff in the UK – let’s not pussy around, Mossad agents – are working with senior political activists and politicians in the Conservative and Labour parties to subvert their own parties from within, and skew British foreign policy so that it benefits Israeli, rather than British, interests.

Jan 09 07:07

UK’s Top Diplomat Arrives In US To Meet Trump Advisers

British foreign minister Boris Johnson has arrived in the United States to meet with President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers.

The top diplomat’s Sunday visit came as the country was facing complicated negotiations over a decision to exit the European Union based on the outcome of a referendum, held last June.

Jan 08 13:16

UK's Labor Party chief demands May's response to crises at NHS

The UK’s opposition Labor Party leader has demanded answers from Prime Minister Theresa May after the British Red Cross warned the country’s National Health Service (NHS) faces a humanitarian crisis.

Referring to the situation as “a national scandal,” Jeremy Corbyn called on Britain’s chief executive on Saturday to attend a parliamentary session on Monday to respond to the controversy and explain how she plans to deal with the issue.

Jan 08 10:59

UK: Janitors And IT Workers At Glasgow City Council Face Common Struggle

Janitors and IT staff at Glasgow City Council (GCC) are involved in hard fought and bitter disputes with the Labour Party-run authority.

Janitors employed by Cordia, an arm’s length organisation of GCC set up to run support and caring services, have been taking industrial action since January 2016. Over the course of 2016, they have taken around 28 days of strike action of between one to five days in length along with work to rules. The yearlong dispute was initially regarding Working Context and Demand Payments–annual payments of between £500 and £1,000, for heavy lifting and removing dangerous materials from playgrounds.

Jan 08 10:14

Israel apology after plot against UK politicians

The Israeli embassy has apologised to UK deputy foreign secretary Sir Alan Duncan for comments made by one of its staff members on plans "to take [him] down" due to his criticism of Israel's settlement activity in the occupied West Bank.

The comments, made by a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy Shai Masot, were secretly captured on film during a six-month undercover operation by Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit, which reveals plots by the Israeli diplomat and a British civil servant to destroy the careers of senior politicians.

In a conversation with Maria Strizzolo, who was then chief of staff to MP Robert Halfon, the deputy chairman of the ruling Conservative Party, Masot asked her if he could give her some names of MPs he would suggest she "take down".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS is precisely how the Israeli Governmental Cartel thinks and operates.

And God bless Al Jazeera for having caught this conversation on film!

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I would love to visit Jerusalem one day; unfortunately, however, because I have posted articles on this blog which have been more than a little critical of Israel's treatment of Palestinians, I would either be violently interrogated at Ben-Gurion airport, then refused entry, or assassinated outright if I got through airport security.

And to American Christian Zionists, who believe that they must blindly support everything Israel does (including serial genocide against the Palestinians), if you ever understood what most Israelis think of you, you would be wounded to the core of your being.

I don't know how "useful idiots" translates into Hebrew, but you catch my drift.

Jan 07 21:11

Israel's ambassador sorry over 'take down' Sir Alan Duncan comment

The conversation involved Mr Masot and Maria Strizzolo, an aide to education minister Robert Halfon, the former political director of Conservative Friends of Israel, as well as an undercover reporter.

It was recorded in October 2016 as part of an investigation by Al Jazeera.

Mr Masot asked her: "Can I give you some names of MPs that I would suggest you take down?"

Ms Strizzolo replied that all MPs have "something they're trying to hide" and Mr Masot responded by saying "I have some MPs", adding "she knows which MPs I want to take down" before specifying "the deputy foreign minister".

Jan 07 19:17

Economist Admits BoE’s Brexit Financial Collapse Warnings Were ‘A Misjudgement’

Economists failed to predict the 2008 financial crash and completely misjudged Brexit’s impact, the executive director of monetary analysis at the Bank of England (BoE) has admitted.

Jan 07 19:16

Britain Derailed Obama’s Plan To Bomb Syria – US Secretary Of State

Britain abruptly derailed US President Barack Obama’s plan to use military force against the Syrian government, US Secretary of State John Kerry has claimed.

In 2012, Obama said if Syria used chemical weapons, it would be crossing a “red line,” and would draw a military response from the US.

Jan 07 09:54

Britain on HEAVY SNOW ALERT: Polar vortex to plunge UK into WORST January FREEZE in years

BRITAIN is on alert for the most severe winter freeze for SIX YEARS to send temperatures crashing to -15C (5F) within days.

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Jan 06 18:23

Tony Blair Pours £10 Million Into His Crusade Against ‘Populism’

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced he will pour almost £10 million ($12 million) of his riches into his new non-profit organization set up to combat “populism.”

Last month, the former prime minister said he was setting up the Tony Blair Institute (TBI) “after the political earthquakes in the UK with Brexit and with the American election.”

Jan 06 16:32

Prototype Laser Weapon Developed With £30mn Of Army Funding

Britain’s military has awarded a £30 million ($36.9 million) contract to a consortium of arms firms to build a directed energy weapon similar to those already trialled in the US.

The deal was struck with the Dragonfire consortium, which is made up of UK and European firms, including BAE System, MBDA, and Qiniteq.

Jan 06 16:16

Ransomware sleazeballs target UK schools

Cybercrooks are targeting UK schools, demanding payments of up to £8,000 to unlock data they have encrypted with malware.

Action Fraud warns that fraudsters are cold-calling schools claiming to be from the Department of Education and asking for the head teachers’ email addresses. Crooks then send booby-trapped emails with infectious zip attachments supposedly containing sensitive information.

In reality, these files carry file-encrypting ransomware. Action Fraud is urging educational establishments to be vigilant.

Jan 06 12:38

UK Borders Breached By Afghan Murderer And Syrian Refugee Using Fake Passport

Britain’s border security has come under scrutiny after a Syrian refugee revealed how he entered the UK on a fake passport, and a convicted Afghan murderer who beheaded a woman got into the country, only to assault two police officers days later.

Jan 06 10:34

China Launches Weekly Freight Rail Service Direct To London

China has launched it’s first direct freight rail service to London as part of its drive to develop trade and investment ties with Europe.

Jan 05 16:56

Britain’s Top Bosses Have Already Made More Money In 2.5 Days Than You Will All Year

British bosses have already made more money in the first two and a half work days of 2017 than most people will make over the entire year, in what researchers have dubbed “Fat Cat Wednesday.”

According to the High Pay Centre, the salary gap across the UK is now such that directors earning £1,000 ($1,228) per hour will by around noon Wednesday have passed the annual salary of the average British worker – just over £28,000.

Jan 05 16:11

Brexit Bust-Up: Resignation Of Britain’s EU Ambassador Unleashes Political Storm

Sir Ivan Rogers could “not be trusted” as Britain’s EU ambassador and must be succeeded by a negotiator with a more positive view of Brexit, according to his critics.

Sir Ivan, who resigned on Tuesday, had been expected to play a key role in Brexit talks and was due to remain in his post until November. His supporters say the government’s Brexit plans have now been thrown into “chaos” without its most seasoned EU negotiator at the helm.

Jan 05 13:24

1 In 4 Brits Spy On Their Partner’s Phone – And Often Don’t Like What They Find

It isn’t just unscrupulous tabloid journalists who are happy to snoop through other people’s phones – 22 percent of British people admit to illicitly spying on their partners devices.

Jan 05 13:09

May Planning To Use Brexit To Stop Benefits For EU Migrants

British Prime Minister Theresa May intends to use Brexit to prevent EU migrants from claiming benefits, according to a report.

Senior government sources are working on plans to stop migrants from getting tax credits and other in-work benefits, according to a Times report on Monday.

Jan 05 12:18

Boris Johnson ‘Not Reading His Briefs And Alienating EU Ministers’ – Peer Alleges

A Liberal Democrat peer has claimed that the UK’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, is frustrating his own department by not reading briefs and alienating EU foreign ministers.

Baron William Wallace described how civil servants are “in despair” over Johnson, who is not giving “clear guidance” to his officials.

Jan 05 12:11

Afghan murderer who BEHEADED woman in Holland allowed into UK without checks and then attacked cops with hammer

A convicted murderer who beheaded a woman in Holland after allegedly watching Taliban videos was allowed into the UK without any checks - where he then attacked two police officers with a hammer.

Savage Jamshid Piruz found himself free to wander into the UK unchallenged despite having served seven years in Holland for slaughtering his female tenant and hacking her head off.

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Jan 05 10:22

Britain's Ambassador To EU Resigns Ahead Of Brexit Talks

Britain’s ambassador to the European Union has unexpectedly resigned weeks after he stated that Brexit could take longer than expected to sign off.

Sir Ivan Rogers told staff on Tuesday afternoon that he would quit his post early, but did not explain the reason for his decision.

Jan 05 09:51

Shadow Defence Secretary Commits Labour To Arms Bonanza And Trident Renewal

Labour will invest in the military to counter claims that the party is soft, according to Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith.

Griffith’s comments are a significant break with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s preference for spending on social needs and less aggressive forms of foreign policy.

Jan 04 21:46

Desperate Tony Blair to splash £10MILLION on new campaign to BLOCK Britain quitting EU

TONY Blair will splash almost £10 million on his newly-established anti-populism institute so he can “support” the bitter campaign to try and keep Britain within the crumbling European Union.

Jan 04 20:24

Researchers waste taxpayers’ money on study to replace 'DISCRIMINATORY' toilet signs

BRITISH researchers splurged £50,000 of taxpayers’ hard-earned cash on a study into changing “discriminatory” male and female toilet signs.

Jan 04 15:05

Britain’s Foreign Aid Budget Is ‘Exporting The Dole’ To Poor Pakistanis, Says Tory MP

A senior Tory MP has compared a foreign aid program that hands money directly to Pakistan’s poorest people to “exporting the dole.”

Nigel Evans, a member of the International Development Select Committee, warned that the cash transfers were “clearly open to fraud.”

Jan 04 13:56

UK Ambassador To EU Resigns Ahead Of Brexit Negotiations

Sir Ivan Rogers, Britain’s top diplomat in Brussels, has abruptly resigned from office just months before Brexit negotiations are expected to begin, Downing Street has confirmed.

Sir Ivan was appointed as permanent representative in 2013 by former prime minister David Cameron.

A government spokesperson said: “Sir Ivan Rogers has resigned a few months early as UK Permanent Representative to the European Union.

Jan 04 10:05

M62 Shooting: Police Killings In England & Wales On The Rise, Researchers Warn

Police killings in England and Wales have reached numbers unseen for nearly a decade, according to researchers, after armed officers shot dead a father-of-two on the M62 motorway during a “pre-planned” swoop.

Jan 04 08:26

UK: State Forcibly Indoctrinates Schoolboy For Saying 'Muslims Are Trying to Take Over'

A 14-year-old British schoolboy was forcibly indoctrinated by the state in accordance with an "often secretive anti-radicalization" program for saying "Muslims are taking over the country" and suggesting the Burka should be banned.

Jan 04 08:12

Liberate the Whistleblowers Now

The only test to determine if one qualifies for heroic whistleblower status is whether or not more people were affected positively than negatively.

The Founding Fathers knew exactly the heroism and personal self-sacrifice of those who gave up their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the sake of freedom for all.

Jan 03 20:54

Cannabis Ingredient To Be Classified As Medicine In UK

Cannabidiol (CBD) one of the main ingredients in cannabis is about to be classed as a medicine by the UK medicines regulator.

Jan 03 16:48

Terrorist Suspect With ‘Links To Osama Bin Laden’ Wins 21-Year Legal Battle To Stay In Britain

A wheelchair-bound Algerian terrorist suspect with alleged links to Osama Bin Laden has won a 21-year legal battle to stay in the UK.

Jan 03 16:04

Britain Braces For Civil War As Brexit Date Looms

British citizens are warning that riots and civil war may happen if Brexit isn’t delivered by the March 31st deadline as originally promised.

Jan 03 15:58

UK: Appalling Warehouse Working Conditions Exposed At JD Sports

A Channel 4 News investigation has revealed that sportswear retailer JD Sports imposes draconian working conditions at its warehouses in northern England.

During a five-week investigation, undercover reporters for Channel 4 television recorded evidence of an oppressive and super-exploitative regime at the firm’s distribution centre in Rochdale, Greater Manchester that supplies UK stores. Video footage shows a supervisor explaining to an undercover reporter, “Three strikes and you’re sacked.”

Jan 03 15:37

Orxit? Orkney Islands Could Demand To Leave UK And Scotland

The Orkney Islands are considering declaring independence from the UK and Scotland following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

The motion to investigate “greater autonomy or self-determination” for the islands, located north of Scotland, was passed by 13 of the Islands Council’s 21 members.

Jan 03 14:50

British Military’s Online Trolling Unit Fails To Attract Enough Recruits

The British military’s secretive internet trolling unit has failed to meet its recruitment targets despite a high-profile campaign, according to new figures.

Freedom of information requests by the Register show that the much-hyped unit is 40 percent understrength.

Jan 03 13:54

Nigel Farage’s Former UKIP Aide Faces 20yrs In US Prison For Dark Web Fraud

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is scrambling to distance himself from one of his former aides, who faces up to 20 years in a US prison after admitting that he had posed as a money launderer on the dark web to rip off drug smugglers.

George Cottrell, 22, who posed as “Bill” online, told a gang of drug traffickers that he could launder up to £122,000 a month for them through the internet with complete anonymity. However, unfortunately for him, the dealers actually turned out to be undercover FBI agents.

Jan 03 09:45

Pound SURGES as Britain's manufacturing jumps to 30-month high

Sterling today strengthened by 0.6 per cent against the single currency to a 10 day high of €1.18.

It comes as manufacturing beat expectations to hit 56.1 in December, as measured by Markit/CIPS UK purchasing managers' index (PMI).

A reading above 50 indicates growth, economists had been expecting the index to come in at 53.3.

The sector was boosted by the weaker pound, helping to fuel demand for British exports.

Jan 03 04:31

Nobel Laureate Smashes the Global Warming Hoax: "I Think The Temperature Has Been Amazingly Stable!

Nobel laureate Ivar Giaever's speech at the Nobel Laureates meeting 1st July 2015. Ivar points out the mistakes which Obama makes in his speeches about global warming, and shares other not-well known facts about the state of the climate.

Jan 02 18:00

Cannabis Medicine Will Soon Be Legally Available In UK

One of the main ingredients in cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), is to be classed as a medicine in the UK. The decision by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stems from claims that the drug successfully treats serious diseases.

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 14:29

UK Counter Extremism Bill To Target Ordinary Citizens

A UK terror law watchdog has warned that new counter extremism measures planned by the government target innocent citizens and threaten to completely eradicate people’s personal freedoms.

Jan 02 12:10

New Previously Unreleased One-On-One Interview With 'John In Barbados,' Two Hours 25 Minutes

Ted Midward conducted this wide-ranging interview with John Marsh on 10-26-16, less than two months before his unexpected death. Also, John's daughter sent us a new photo of John in his 20's. Handsome chap, great hair! The latest fun stuff from JohninBarbados.com.

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 02 08:50

Labour Divided Over Brexit Following Keir Starmer Remarks On Free Movement

The debate over immigration has heightened among Labour ranks following comments made by the party’s Brexit spokesman, Sir Keir Starmer, who said that EU free movement policies “have to be changed.”

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Starmer, an MP from the centrist Blairite wing of the party, called on politicians to address the primary reasons the UK voted to leave the EU, including the strong focus on immigration.

Jan 01 22:12

UK Queen Misses Another New Year Event Due To Poor Health

UK’s Queen Elizabeth II has missed a New Year’s Day church service due to what the Buckingham Palace described as a “lingering heavy cold,” a week after the 90-year-old monarch missed a Christmas Day service for the first time in decades.

The queen was slated to attend the New Year’s Day church service at Sandringham on Sunday.

Jan 01 17:29

British Minister Warns Of Daesh Plot To Wage Chemical Attack On UK

Britain’s Security Minister Ben Wallace has warned that the Takfiri Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group plans to wage a “mass casualty” chemical attack against the UK, urging the public to report any suspicious behavior.

Jan 01 17:12

REVEALED: Figures show 465 'child refugees' were OVER AGE & LIED to gain entry to the UK

A 29-year-old was among the dozens of “child refugees” who were taken given asylum in Britain after migrants lied to officials and posed as youngsters to gain entry to Britain, official figures have shown.

Social workers carried out official age assessments of those who were given refuge in Britain, however a staggering number of those allowed into the country were found out to be much older than originally believed.

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Jan 01 10:14

WHY does the unbiased BBC take money from the EU?

THE BBC has pocketed thousands of pounds of European Union cash in what critics have claimed are bribes in exchange for favourable coverage.

Brussels has agreed to hand £352,750 to the taxpayer-funded broadcaster for its role in a research project.

Dec 31 10:22

Britain will have given Brussels £623 BILLION by 2020 as cost of EU membership is revealed

BRITAIN’S EU membership has cost an eye-watering £527billion since 1973 - with the UK expected to hand over a further £96billion by the end of the decade, claim Change Britain.

Dec 30 20:27

Theresa May Distances UK From Kerry’s Remarks On Israel

Prime Minister Theresa May has distanced the UK from Washington after Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a strong rebuke of Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Dec 30 19:35

UK Govt Docs: Thatcher Cabinet Told Of Approval To Shoot Nuclear-Base Intruders

Newly-released British state documents have revealed that soldiers were ordered to shoot suspected intruders at a naval base after activists managed to break into the control room of a nuclear-powered submarine.

The so-called ‘Faslane Five’ anti-nuclear protesters snipped a boundary fence and managed to sneak their way all the way into the control room of a submarine at Clyde Naval Base in 1988, leaving then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher “utterly horrified.”

Dec 30 18:41

London New Year’s Eve Security ‘Adjusted’ To Deal With Berlin, Nice-Style Attacks – Met Police

As thousands of people prepare to ring in the New Year across London, the city’s police force say it has “adjusted” security plans in order to be prepared for attacks similar to those carried out in Nice and Berlin in 2016.

Dec 30 15:58

White Privilege: Poor White Kids Least Likely to Reach College in UK

The left is succeeding marvelously in their quest to eliminate "white privilege" in the United Kingdom.

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.”

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