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Apr 18 13:26

OPCW expert says no BZ substance detected in Salisbury samples

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has not detected the BZ substance in samples collected in the British city of Salisbury following the poisoning of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, said Marc-Michael Blum, the head of the OPCW Laboratory and leader of the technical assistance team that was deployed to the United Kingdom. "The precursor of BZ that is referred to in the public statements, commonly known as 3Q, was contained in the control sample prepared by the OPCW Lab in accordance with the existing quality control procedures. Otherwise it has nothing to do with the samples collected by the OPCW Team in Salisbury," he said. OPCW Director General Ahmet Uzumcu, in turn, emphasized the credibility and integrity of the OPCW designated laboratories.

Apr 18 12:29

Theresa May let off lightly after launching air strike without Parliament's permission

Stuart Littlewood reviews the UK parliamentarians’ feeble questioning of Prime Minister May – with a few brave exceptions – regarding her failure to consult the legislature before following President Trump and attacking Syria. >>

Apr 18 11:26

Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack Reveals $70 Million Pentagon Program at Porton Down

The Pentagon has spent at least $70 million on military experiments involving tests with deadly viruses and chemical agents at Porton Down – the UK military laboratory near the city of Salisbury. The secretive biological and chemical research facility is located just 13 km from where on 4th March former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench following an alleged Novichok nerve agent poisoning.

Apr 18 10:55

‘We are NOT America’s lapdog!’ Stop the War denounces Syria strikes at Westminster rally

ANTI-WAR campaigners condemned Theresa May’s decision to approve military action in Syria at a demonstration in London today, accusing her of following orders from the United States instead of listening to the views of MPs.

Apr 18 09:49

Britain admits OPCW did not confirm ‘essential evidence’ on origin of Skripal poison

The British delegation to the OPCW has admitted that international chemical weapons inspectors did not confirm the origin of the nerve agent used in the Salisbury ex-spy poisoning.
The UK’s representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Peter Wilson, said identifying the nerve agent is an “essential part of the investigation,” and that the OPCW has identified neither its origin nor the laboratory where it was produced.

"But of course, while the identification of the nerve agent used is an essential piece of technical evidence in our investigation, neither DSTL’s analysis, nor the OPCW’s report, identifies the country or laboratory of origin of the agent used in this attack," he said.

The British government claims a Soviet-era nerve agent that has become known as Novichok was used against Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and accused Russia of producing and deploying it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Prime Minister May lied about this, to demonize Russia, when those lies could not be backed up by solid research.

Apr 18 09:42

Cambridge Analytica ex-CEO refuses to testify in UK

Cambridge Analytica’s ex-CEO, Alexander Nix, has refused to testify before the U.K. Parliament’s media committee, citing British authorities’ investigation into his former company’s alleged misuse of data from millions of Facebook accounts in political campaigns.

Committee Chairman Damian Collins announced Nix’s decision a day before his scheduled appearance but flatly rejected the notion that he should be let off the hook, saying Nix hasn’t been charged with a crime and there are no active legal proceedings against him.

“There is therefore no legal reason why Mr. Nix cannot appear,” Collins said in a statement. “The committee is minded to issue a formal summons for him to appear on a named day in the very near future.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if there is a charge, in British law, of contempt of Parliament?!?

Obviously, Nix believes himself to be above the law here. There is no legal reason wny Nix should NOT appear.

Apr 18 09:23

Embassy: Moscow's "Involvement" in Cyberattacks on London Anti-Russia Campaign

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom has responded to numerous allegations of cyberthreats allegedly emanating from Moscow and added that London is just seeking to get money from taxpayers.

"If the UK government had really wanted to clarify its relations with our country in the area of cybersecurity at the expert level, it would have agreed on the proposal… to hold relevant consultations among experts in order to remove concerns of London, if any… As we see, there are no concerns, there is simply a wild anti-Russian campaign that fits into the overall anti-Russian policy of the conservative government and the desire to wring money from UK taxpayers for new costs," the spokesperson said.

Apr 18 09:19

Bragging, moi? Macron delivers embarrassing snub to Theresa May by claiming he's closest to Donald Trump and has a 'very personal relationship' with the US President

Emmanuel Macron has delivered an embarrassing snub to Theresa May by claiming that he is the closest world leader to Donald Trump.

The French president, the first foreign premier to be given a state visit to Washington, bragged in an interview that he had a 'very personal relationship' with the US President.

Ignoring the 'special relationship' between Britain and America, Mr Macron said: 'France is the United States' oldest ally. We will always stand side by side.'

Apr 18 08:58

Behind Theresa May’s ‘Humanitarian Hysterics’: The Ideology Of Empire And Conquest

Until the 17th century, India was the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth. Political unity and military security helped evolve a uniform economic system, increased trade and enhanced agricultural productivity. Once the British had colonised India and left, it was a basket case.

Indian politician and writer Shashi Tharoor has documented the state the British left India in. They looted the country and the British legacy was 16 per cent literacy, a life expectancy of 27, practically no domestic industry and over 90 per cent living below the poverty line.

Once Britain lost its empire, it managed to secure a degree of global influence by throwing in its lot with the US as a junior partner in Washington’s quest for global hegemony. And if the 21st century tells us anything so far, it is that the centuries’ old colonialist mentality of the British state has not gone away: the mindset of Empire, conquest and duplicity persists.

Apr 18 08:37

House of Lords to Strike Down Key Element of May’s Brexit Plan

Britain’s upper legislative house is to find itself more in agreement with the Opposition Party than the Government on Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union are set to receive another blow as the country's House of Lords is widely expected to vote for Britain to remain a member of the EU's Customs Union.

Apr 18 08:04

New book alleges Tony Blair blocked Dr David Kelly inquest 'within minutes of body being found'

Dr David Kelly hit the headlines after he let slip to a journalist that Tony Blair's claim that Saddam Hussein's Iraq could deploy Weapons of Mass Destruction in 45 minutes was, at best, "dubious".

The claim was a major plank of the former Prime Minister's argument to join the USA in an invasion of the country.

The case has sparked a number of conspiracy theories that Dr Kelly was murdered by the intelligence services.

Now in his new book, An Inconvenient Death - How The Establishment Covered Up The David Kelly Affair, Mr Goslett investigates the actions of the Government after Dr Kelly, 59, was found dead at Harrowdown Hill, two miles from his home in Southmoor, Oxfordshire, on July 18 2003.

Apr 18 07:57

EXPOSED: ALL THE QUEEN’S AGENTS AND CORPORATIONS THAT CONTROL THE WORLD

English law prohibits questioning the Monarchy about their personal holdings and business.

This is true of most of Europe’s royalty, whether enthroned or not. The wealth of the Monarchies is held outside of the countries that made the wealth. The British Crown’s offshore banks hold the greatest personal wealth in the world estimated at $35 trillion. Perhaps the British Crown still owns and controls its Commonwealth Nations, including the American “colonies.”

Monarchies are not supposed to be warlord bankers who create conflict and chaos to turn a profit or destabilize an economy for personal gain. But they have been for some time now, and history is a string of immoral wars caused by monarchies, the Vatican and other religions. Untold millions have died while kings and popes lived on to grab the wealth through well-established institutions that were created to control the commoner.

Apr 18 05:07

Gassing is bad, but OK for some: US complicity in past chemical attacks

US hypocrisy over its self-righteous military attack on Syria over a recent alleged use of not-yet-verified chemical weapons in Douma raises the question: Is gassing bad, but OK for some countries?

US hypocrisy over its self-righteous military attack on Syria over a recent alleged use of not-yet-verified chemical weapons in Douma raises the question: Is gassing bad, but OK for some countries?
The reason for asking is the rush to judgment by the United States, Britain and France to bomb selected military locations in Syria, which these countries claim research and develop, manufacture and store chemical weapons.

Yet, the United States and some of its Western allies, including Great Britain, have a history of being complicit in a country's – namely Iraq's – use of chemical weapons if it suited their national interest.

So, where's the outrage?

Apr 17 15:56

Cambridge Analytica’s Alexander Nix Ducks Fake News Inquiry… So Will Parliament Summon Him?

The suspended bigwig of notorious data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, has ducked the UK government’s fake news inquiry – for now. MPs are faced with the decision whether or not to summon the slippery CEO.

Apr 17 15:28

Hundreds Protest Outside Downing Street Over British Intervention In Syria

Anti-war campaigners gathered outside Downing Street to condemn Prime Minister Theresa May’s “huge mistake” in authorizing airstrikes against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad without parliamentary consent.

Several hundred protesters holding ‘Don’t bomb Syria’ banners and chanting “Theresa May hear us say, airstrikes no way”, came out in protest at Saturday’s intervention, which Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn branded “legally questionable.”

Apr 17 14:17

Syria air strikes: Theresa May says action 'moral and legal'

Theresa May has said it was "legally and morally right" for the UK to join air strikes against the Syrian regime to prevent "further human suffering".

Apr 17 14:11

UK PM’s Husband’s Capital Group Is Largest Shareholder In BAE, Shares Soar Since Syrian Airstrikes

Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for a company that is the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in Syria.

The company, Capital Group, is also the second-largest shareholder in Lockheed Martin – a US military arms firm that supplies weapons systems, aircraft and logistical support. Its shares have also rocketed since the missile strikes last week.

Apr 17 13:55

Defense Contractors Saw $10 Billion Stock Boost Following Syria Airstrikes

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For Raytheon (RTN), the company which manufactures the Tomahawk cruise missiles used against Syria, nearly $2.5 billion has been added to the company’s market value. Add together the gains from other top weapons makers Lockheed Martin (LMT), General Dynamics (GD), Boeing (BA), and Northrop Grumman (NOC), and it becomes apparent just how profitable a business war can be.

Lockheed Martin makes the tactical control system, another of the required components of the Tomahawk launch apparatus. General Dynamics, meanwhile, manufactures the missile’s firing system. Boeing builds the B-1 bombers used in the strikes as well as its own variety of cruise missiles, while Northrop Grumman produces radar systems and other bombers, like the B-2 Stealth.

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Apr 17 13:53

Behind Theresa May’s ‘Humanitarian Hysterics’: The Ideology Of Empire And Conquest

Until the 17th century, India was the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth. Political unity and military security helped evolve a uniform economic system, increased trade and enhanced agricultural productivity. Once the British had colonised India and left, it was a basket case.

Indian politician and writer Shashi Kapoor has documented the state the British left India in. They looted the country and the British legacy was 16 per cent literacy, a life expectancy of 27, practically no domestic industry and over 90 per cent living below the poverty line.

Apr 17 13:37

Hypocrisy? Experts Slam Tories Fake News Security Unit As UK Govt ‘Peddles Misinformation’

The government has been accused of having double standards after it announced plans to set up a special unit to tackle fake news, despite its own record of “burying bad” stories and “circulating fake dossiers.”

Downing Street said on Tuesday that a national security unit combating the spread of misinformation would be set up as part of a wider review of defense capabilities. The unit “will be tasked with combating disinformation by state actors and others,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said.

Apr 17 11:40

Russian fleet hunts British submarine in Mediterranean

The Astute-class submarine is believed to have spent several days trying to evade detection in a tense and dangerous contest. REUTERS A British attack submarine has been locked in a “cat-and-mouse” pursuit by Russian submarines and warships, military sources revealed. While British PM Theresa May was deciding last week whether to launch strikes against Syria, a drama began beneath the surface of the eastern Mediterranean, according to The Times.

Apr 17 11:15

'Betrayal' Fury as UK's bid for application to fish near the Falklands is SNUBBED

A BRITISH businessman told yesterday of his plans to revive our hard-pressed fishing industry by launching a new multi-million pound battle of the South Atlantic.

Apr 17 10:02

'Are you EMBARRASSED?' Shocked Tony Blair confronted with DAMAGE his premiership did to UK

TONY Blair looked utterly confused and struggled to answer an explosive question about whether the former Prime Minister if he was “embarrassed” that his time as Prime Minister has had such a negative impact on UK foreign policy.

Apr 17 09:18

Lloyds Bank to cut over a thousand jobs as 49 branches are AXED

LLOYDS Banking Group, which runs Lloyds Bank, Halifax and Bank of Scotland has announced plans to cut 1,230 jobs and axe 49 branches across the UK.

Apr 17 09:07

Worth noting here - the BBC (and others) are currently saying it will take “months” to remove all traces of the nerve agent from Salisbury.

Yet we are also having it implied the Russians able to clean up all traces of alleged CW attack in Douma in a matter of days

Apr 17 08:21

PM’s husband’s Capital Group is largest shareholder in BAE, shares soar since Syrian airstrikes

Philip May, husband of the UK prime minister, works for a company that is the largest shareholder in arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, whose share price has soared since the recent airstrikes in Syria.

The company, Capital Group, is also the second-largest shareholder in Lockheed Martin – a US military arms firm that supplies weapons systems, aircraft and logistical support. Its shares have also rocketed since the missile strikes last week.

The fact has not gone unnoticed by some on Twitter, who agree that BAE Systems has done very well out of the UK-US-France allied airstrikes on Syria, which were sanctioned by Theresa May. It has been reported that the UK’s contribution to military strikes was to fire eight ‘Storm-Shadow’ missiles at an alleged chemical weapons facility, each of which cost £790,000 ($1.13 million) – totaling £6.32 million ($9 million). The missiles were manufactured by BAE Systems.

Apr 17 08:15

The Russians are coming for you through your phone, computer and internet… or so the MSM says

Vladimir Putin, the bear-riding Bond villain, is listening into your inane conversations about picking up milk from the shop or who is shagging who in the office… or so the mainstream media would have you believe.

According to sections of the British press – who, let's be honest, don't often get carried away like this – are insistent that Russia is about to launch a full-scale cyberattack on the United Kingdom… or they already have, depending on who you ask. And all because the UK, USA and France launched a missile attack against the Syrian Bashar Assad regime.

If you ask the Express, "Russia is 'SPYING' on THOUSANDS of UK households in 'RETALIATION to Syria strikes." Apparently, your home could become a part of a Russian "botnet," used to launch large scale cyber attacks. No explanation was provided as to what a botnet is though… but when you're whipping the British population into a fearful frenzy, who has time to explain?

Apr 17 06:58

Roger Waters Takes on Syrian White Helmets, Thought-Control

“What we should do is go and persuade our governments not to go and drop bombs on people. And certainly not until we have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea of what is really going on.”
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Waters, who has long been outspoken in his support for Palestinian resistance, brought up the White Helmets after someone had asked him to speak about the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma that led the U.S., U.K. and France to bomb Syria last Friday. That chemical weapons attack — which was most likely staged, based on newly released evidence — was publicized chiefly by the White Helmets, as well as by the USAID-funded Syrian American Medical Society.

Though the audience member had asked Waters to speak up about the chemical weapons attack and condemn the Syrian government for its alleged complicity, Waters stated that he had a very different perspective on the situation in Syria and on the White Helmets group:

"The White Helmets is a fake organization that exists only to create propaganda for jihadists and terrorists. That’s my belief"

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Apr 17 06:54

The Neocons’ Real Plan for Syria Emerges from the Lack of Rubble

I told you over the weekend that Trump’s presidency was over. As a practical matter it is. His yielding to his ‘advisors’ on every foreign policy issue makes it clear that he can’t or won’t stand up to the relentless pressure to do what his instincts tell him.

This morning’s article at the Deep State Washington Post paints a very clear picture of what the situation is. The advisors whose loyalties are dubious run the show. Their thinking has not evolved one whit from previous administrations.

Remember what Russian President Vladimir Putin always says, “Presidents change. Policies do not.”

Apr 17 05:06

Durden: Trump Was Presented With 3 Options on Syria, Picked the Least Expansive One

"Mr. Bolton knew the respect Mr. Trump had for Mr. Mattis, and he may have decided that it
was wise to defer initially to the Pentagon chief after he started the job"

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White House meetings, the president and his advisers agreed on one of the most restrained of the military-strike options crafted by the Pentagon: a powerful missile attack aimed at three targets meant to hobble the Syrian regime’s ability to use chemical weapons and deter President Bashar al-Assad from using them again.
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The second option proposed strikes on a broader set of Syrian regime targets, including suspected chemical-weapons research facilities and military command centers.
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Trump pressed his team to also consider strikes on Russian and Iranian targets in Syria if necessary following reports that Assad had moved planes to Russian facilities to help protect them. But Mattis pushed back, those familiar with the decision-making said. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley joined Trump in advocating for a forceful response, while Mattis warned about the risks that a more expansive strike could trigger a dangerous response from Moscow and Tehran.

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Apr 17 03:38

STONE USES THE "N" WORD TO DESCRIBE PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

Trump Is Naive About the Neocons Surrounding Him - Roger Stone

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(*and what do you know , It's Tuesday !)

Apr 17 01:47

BEX ALERT - US suggests Russia and Syria may tamper with Douma evidence

THE HAGUE: The United States accused Russia on Monday of blocking international inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground. Moscow denied the charge and blamed delays on retaliatory US-led missile strikes on Syria at the weekend. In the fraught aftermath of the suspected attack in Douma and the West’s response, Washington>>>

Apr 16 18:43

OPCW-accredited Swiss lab can ‘neither confirm nor deny’ BZ toxin was used in Skripal poisoning

The Swiss state Spiez lab which has studied samples from Salisbury said it can “neither confirm nor deny” the Russian foreign minister’s statement that nerve agent BZ was used in Sergei Skripal’s poisoning.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made waves on Saturday when he said that Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia, were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate, or simply BZ. While the toxin was never produced in Russia, it was in service in the US, UK and other NATO states.

Apr 16 08:52

Independent Swiss Lab Says 'BZ Toxin' Used In Skripal Poisoning; US/UK-Produced, Not Russian

Remember how we were told my the politicians (not the scientists) that a deadly Novichok nerve agent - produced by Russia - was used in the attempted assassination of the Skripals? Remember the 50 questions (here and here) we had surrounding the 'facts' as Theresa May had laid them out? Ever wonder why, given how utterly deadly we were told this chemical was, the Skripals wondered around for a few hours after being 'infected' and then days later, survived with no chronic damage?

Well those doubts may well have just been answered as according to the independent Swiss state Spiez lab, the substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, which was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.

Apr 16 08:35

Protesters demand closure of UK airbase in Cyprus

Protesters from communist organisations in Cyprus gathered in front of the entrance gates of a British air base to denounce US-led airstrikes against alleged chemical weapons sites in Syria.

Protest leader Akis Poullos told the Associated Press that demonstrators are demanding the closure of RAF Akrotiri, from where four British Tornado warplanes took off to take part in Friday night's missile strike.

Poullos said Sunday's demonstration also wanted to send the message to the Cyprus government not to lend any assistance to "imperialist attacks" on Syria and to demand an end to the war in the country.

Apr 16 08:09

Avi Gabbay, leader of Israel’s Labour Party cuts links with Jeremy Corbyn alleging ‘anti-Semitism’

Last week the new leader of the Israeli Labour Party, Avi Gabbay issued a letter cutting his links with Jeremy Corbyn. It is doubtful that this racist twerp had any links in the first place. His actions were designed to aid those seeking to overthrow Corbyn. The last person Jeremy Corbyn needs to take lessons from, when it comes to racism, is Avi Gabbay of the Israeli Labour Party, a party that openly supports segregation and Apartheid.

Apr 16 08:06

Were The Skripals 'Buzzed', 'Novi-shocked' Or Neither? - May Has Some 'Splaining' To Do

“Following our analysis, the samples indicate traces of the toxic chemical BZ and its precursor which are second category chemical weapons. BZ is a nerve toxic agent, which temporarily disables a person. The psycho toxic effect is achieved within 30 to 60 minutes after its use and lasts for up to four days. This composition was in operational service in the armies of the US, the UK and other NATO countries. The Soviet Union and Russia neither designed nor stored such chemical agents. Also, the samples indicate the presence of type A-234 nerve agent in its virgin state and also products of its degradation.”

Apr 16 08:06

BBC backlash! Fury as Patrick Stewart handed prime slot for 'DESPERATE' Remain campaign

Sir Patrick Stewart was invited onto the Andrew Marr show to promote a controversial new campaign backed by some MPs and celebrities to demand a public vote on the final Brexit deal.

Fellow Tory MP Philip Davies raged: “I have no idea why the politically correct metropolitan luvvies like Patrick Stewart and his chums at the BBC think their personal views should trump the 17 million people who voted to leave in the EU referendum.

"The result has been decided whether they like it or not.”

Apr 16 07:45

Pentagon’s video: The “Ax of War” strikes Syria

Following the rocket attacks from the United States, France and Britain in Syria, the Pentagon has published photos and videos of the company.

A total of 105 missiles were launched against three facilities in Syria.

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Apr 16 07:37

Theresa May to tell MPs: Syria airstrikes were in UK's interest

Theresa May will hit back at critics of military action in Syria by insisting the decision to launch airstrikes was aimed at preventing human suffering, and was in Britain’s national interest, as she is questioned by MPs about the attacks for the first time.

With the government braced for highly charged exchanges in the Commons as MPs return from their Easter recess, the prime minister will emphasise the international support for the bombing raids.

May will tell MPs: “Let me be absolutely clear: we have acted because it is in our national interest to do so. It is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria and to uphold and defend the global consensus that these weapons should not be used.”

Apr 16 07:35

WITH BRITAIN, ONE MORE COUNTRY WILL LEAVE THE EUFacebook VK Blogger LiveJournal Twitter Google+ Email Print Share

When Brexit becomes a reality, the European Union will lose two members at once: Britain and Gibraltar, a member of the European Union that is part of its overseas territory. This decision is final, Michel Barnier said in Brussels. All disputable issues will be discussed in the future bilaterally by London and Madrid, which has never recognized the legality of this British enclave on its territory.

Apr 16 07:18

‘No war in history has begun with so little support’ – Galloway slams PM over Syria (VIDEO)

Commentator George Galloway expressed his concerns to RT over “a parliamentary democracy [that] wants to bypass Parliament and go to war.”

“Only 22 percent of British people as a whole were in favor of getting involved in the war in Syria, and if you look at the data beneath that a very significant sector of conservative opinion was very unsure indeed,” Galloway said.

“No war in history will have been started with so little support – not even a quarter of the population supporting it before a shot is fired.”

Apr 16 05:08

Before and after – Satellite images of Syrian strike targets

DAMASCUS, Syria – Satellite images of alleged Syrian chemical weapons sites before and after US-led air strikes were released on Sunday.

Published by Satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe, the images attempt to depict extensive damage that befell the Barzeh scientific research centre in Damascus and the Him Shinshar bunker and storage facility in Homs.

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Apr 15 17:04

NHS in data sharing row as senior MP condemns snooping on 'MOST VULNERABLE'

PATIENTS’ medical records are being mined “for whatever purposes the Government sees fit”, a damning report by MPs reveals. The Health and Social Care Committee has serious concerns after its inquiry into NHS Digital, the information and technology partner to the health service.

Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP who heads the committee, said the inquiry showed NHS Digital is already thinking of sharing patient data with government departments in cases of tax evasion, benefits fraud or theft, which is against the NHS code of conduct.

Apr 15 17:02

HIGH STREET footfall: West Midlands suffers the BIGGEST DROP on a national level

THE WEST MIDLANDS has been the hardest hit by shoppers deserting the high street, with stores there suffering the biggest drop in footfall nationally, according to data from Springboard.

It found that over the last five years high street footfall in the West Midlands had slumped 16.9 per cent, more than two and a half times the national average of 6.6 per cent. The South-west was the second worst region for high-street retailers, with the number of people visiting stores there down 9.7 per cent, followed by the East Midlands, where footfall had fallen by 7.7 per cent.

Shopping malls in Scotland suffered the worst deterioration in visitor numbers between 2012 and 2017, down 15.3 per cent, compared to Wales in second place with a decline of 14.2 per cent. The third worst area for shopping centres was the East of England, where footfall had fallen 11.6 per cent.

Apr 15 15:47

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn wants ‘war powers act’ to restrict military intervention after Syria strikes

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has questioned whether humanitarian intervention can ever be a legal justification for launching military action, and called for a “war powers act” that would force future UK governments to seek approval from parliament.

Apr 15 14:29

Russian spy attack: Incontrovertible evidence needed on Russia - Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn wants to see "incontrovertible evidence" before blaming Russia for the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in Salisbury.

The Labour leader said it was "clear" the nerve agent used was "very similar" to those made in Russia - and Moscow should be challenged about this - but "absolute" proof was still needed.

He also said the international chemical weapons watchdog needed greater powers.

Boris Johnson said to deny Russian involvement was "quite extraordinary".

Apr 15 14:06

Syria air strikes: Only a quarter of Britons back Theresa May's decision to launch military operations against the Assad regime, new poll reveals

The survey was carried out during days in which Ms May made the case for action in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma during a repeatedly broadcast interview, but it seems to have had little impact.

Asked to what extent people would back “UK forces conducting targeted air or missile strikes on Syrian government military targets”, just 28 per cent supported them, while 36 per cent opposed, 26 per cent neither opposed nor supported the strikes and 11 per cent did not know.

Apr 15 10:15

"We Sent A Message": UK Pushes Back Against More Syrian Airstrikes

Just hours after US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the US was "locked and loaded" for another attack on Syria if Bashar al-Assad is again accused of using chemical weapons on his own people, the UK is seeking to emphasize that there are no plans for another Syria strike, a sign that lawmakers might be rethinking their support for Prime Minister Theresa May's unilateral action, per Bloomberg.

Apr 15 10:05

Machete Attack Every 90 Minutes in ‘Gun-Free’ Britain

Recorded machete attacks in the UK have shot up by nearly five times in just three years, with the majority in the capital, London.

The huge number of crimes committed with the deadly, sword-like weapons means there is an average of 15 a day in the UK, or one every 90 minutes.

Figures uncovered using freedom of information requests by the Daily Mail show that police dealt with 928 crimes involving machetes in the last two months of 2017.

London saw the bulk, with 425 of the attacks. There were 99 in Greater Manchester, 77 in the West Midlands, and 29 each in Merseyside and West Yorkshire.

Just three years earlier, the deadly blades were used in 100 crimes a month over the same period.

Apr 15 09:09

'Security Council, unite’: US, UK & France want UN to back their illegal Syria strikes

Having set themselves above international law by bombing Syria without UN authorization, the US, the UK and France are now going calling on other countries to unite behind their fait accompli and endorse their actions.

American, British and French ships and airplanes fired over 100 missiles at Syria Saturday morning, claiming it was in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Damascus suburb of Douma. The three countries did not wait for UN authorization, or even for evidence from the scene: the international team of experts from the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had just arrived in Syria to investigate when the missiles began to fly.

As US President Donald Trump triumphantly declared “mission accomplished,” his French colleague Emmanuel Macron called for the UN Security Council to step in and pick up the pieces.

Apr 15 08:59

BEX ALERT - The chemical proof that damns Assad: New pictures emerge of gas canister on roof of building where civilians were killed in Douma... as French 'MI6' dossier reveals 44 incidents of toxic agents used in combat

Britain and her allies yesterday presented overwhelming evidence to nail Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's brutal regime as the culprit in the horrific chemical attack on civilians which provoked yesterday's wave of air strikes.

Compelling new details emerged from Paris as the French government presented a declassified report from its DGSE overseas intelligence service, the equivalent of MI6.

It came as Prime Minister Theresa May said all evidence pointed to Assad being behind the attack in Douma because:

Two Mi-8 'Hip' helicopters from his regime were spotted above the city in the hours before the attack – none of the opposition forces has a helicopter.
A barrel bomb was used to deliver the chemicals – a weapon that the rebels do not use.
A yellow compressed-gas canister of a type known to have been used before by the Assad regime was photographed on the roof of a building where a large number of the dead were found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are no markings on the claimed canister. It is impossible to say where it came from. You only have to look at this comments board to see the mood of the readers, so why don't you accept that you and the government have lost the battle for our minds and stop trying to defend the indefensible.

Apr 15 08:50

BEX ALERT - Russia's 'fake news' campaign could harm the UK warns Obama's anti-propaganda chief

Top-level meetings in London were held this week between senior US diplomats, the Foreign Office and think tank experts on how to tackle Russian propaganda, which soared amid the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, and the weekend’s Allied strike against Syria.

Brett Bruen, who was president Obama’s director of global engagement during the Ukraine crisis, warned Russia may not limit its word warfare to political matters.

He said: “Britain must understand that what we’ve seen with election meddling is just the first wave. It will extend to the City, targeting British financial institutions and technology giants.

Apr 15 08:48

UK could launch retaliatory cyber attack on Russia if infrastructure targeted

Britain would consider launching a cyber attack against Russia in retaliation if Russia targeted British national infrastructure, the Sunday Times reported, citing unnamed security sources.

Britain's relations with Russia are at a historic low, after it blamed Russia for a nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England, prompting mass expulsions of diplomats.

Russia has denied involvement, and on Saturday also condemned strikes against Syria by Western powers, which Britain took part in.

Cyber security has become a focal point of the strained relations. On Thursday, a British spy chief said that his GCHQ agency would "continue to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behavior", adding there would be increasing demand for its cyber expertise.

Apr 15 07:40

Independent Swiss Lab Says Poison Used in Skripal Attack Was Produced in US or UK

Skripal is a Russian double agent who WORKED FOR Christopher Steele’s company in England. Steele was behind the fake Russian dossier on Trump.

Russia denied the poison attack.

The US expelled 60 Russian diplomats following the poison attack after the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

On Saturday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a Swiss lab analyzed the poison and said the nerve agent was not produced in Russia or the Soviet Union.

The New York Times reported:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Saturday the nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter was never produced in the Soviet Union or Russia.
Lavrov said a Swiss lab analyzed the poison and said the substance may have been produced in the US or UK.

Apr 15 07:22

Donald Trump At War: A Conventional American Response to Syria

(*an introductory header like that , sounds like it's going to be followed by a Proper Attire Requirment !)

Apr 15 04:10

Text Of President Putin’s Statement On The Missile Attacks On Syria

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons sent its experts to Syria to clarify all the circumstances. But a group of Western countries cynically disregarded this, undertaking a military action, without waiting for the outcome of the investigation.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made a statement in connection with the attacks of the United States and its allies on Syria. “RG” publishes the statement of the head of state

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Apr 15 03:43

Chemical experts to continue work in Syria despite US-led attacks

Investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will continue their work in Syria despite the US-led missile attacks, the organization reported on Saturday.

“The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will continue its deployment to the Syrian Arab Republic to establish facts around the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma,” the OPCW noted.

It stressed that the organization “has been working in close collaboration with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team.”

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Apr 14 17:23

World War III, Syria, Palestine, Trump, Treason & What We Must Do

New Video Commentary - World War III, Syria, Palestine, Trump, Treason & What We Must Do. My Press TV interview was interfered with to the degree that a 30 minute slot became less then 5 minutes. Normally I would not mind this but as we sit on the verge of nuclear annihilation I feel compelled to say more, so I made this video from Ireland on the spot. Please share. TJP

Apr 14 12:03

Anti-Semitsm and Jewish guilt

"Tel Aviv University Kantor Centre’s 2017 Annual Report on Anti-Semitism Worldwide was released recently and there is good news: The number of recorded violent anti-Semitic incidents in 2017 fell by about 9 per cent compared to 2016, and by almost 50 per cent compared to the 2006-14 average.

"One would expect Jewish and Zionist institutions to celebrate the victory over anti-Semitsm and Jew hatred in general. This is not happening. According to the study, Jews feel more insecure...>>

Apr 14 12:01

The world according to UK arch-Zionist David Collier

"On 12 April I had a Twitter exchange with David Collier, the ardent Zionist activist who “reported” to the British media about the “secret” (actually, simply private) pro-Palestinian FaceBook groups that included Jeremy Corbyn along with such unsavoury characters as Paul Eisen, yours truly and others.

"I have communicated with Collier in the past. I believe in open channels despite the abuse which Collier and his ilk like to hurl at me.

Apr 14 09:48

This interview will never be shown on TV again

The truth about Thersa May's government failure former met police officer Peter Kirkham told the truth liberals don't want to hear
For the last decade the rise of these problems have not gone away and, cutting police numbers will not help the problem, what is needed is a long term solution to help, Ms May and her penny pinching government are not the ones who will provide more police and resources.

Apr 14 09:46

"SHE'S AN INCOMPETENT LEADER" Peter Hitchens DESTROY Theresa May

Apr 14 09:45

'It was the right thing to do': May says joining US and France in airstrikes against Syrian regime was the ONLY WAY to deter more chemical atrocities as she defends refusal to give MPs a vote

Theresa May today insisted she had done the 'right thing' by joining the US and France in unleashing a salvo of cruise missiles against Syria.

The Prime Minister said the 'limited and targeted' reprisals appeared to have been 'successful' in degrading the Bashar Assad regime's capacity to commit more 'harrowing' attacks using chemical weapons.

At a press conference in Downing Street this morning, Mrs May said Britain and its allies had 'no choice' as diplomacy alone would not deter fresh outrages.

'I believe this action was necessary. I believe it was the right thing to do,' she said.

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Apr 14 09:38

SHOCK as UK academics SUPPORT Syrian and Russian conspiracy theories after chemical ATTACK

SHOCKING evidence has emerged of academics at UK universities promoting pro-Assad propaganda and Russian conspiracy theories in response to last weekend’s chemical attack.

The senior lecturers, based at Edinburgh, Sheffield and Leicester, have formed a group called “Syria, Propaganda, and Media” (SPM), which spreads disinformation about the events occurring in the war-torn Middle East country.

A chemical attack on civilians is believed to have taken place in Syria last weekend, with the West attributing blame at President Assad and Russia.

However, yesterday one member of the SPM, Tim Hayward, a Professor of Environmental Political Theory at the University of Edinburgh used Twitter to a promote a claim “White Helmets and terrorist factions staged false flag events and ‘kidnapped, drugged’ children to use as props in events”.

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Why is this a shock? Anyone with half a brain knows Assad had nothing to gain from a chemical weapons attack on Children. He was winning the war. Trump was talking about pulling out of Syria only a couple weeks ago.

Apr 14 09:03

Russia says Britain helped fake Syria chemical attack

Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Friday that Britain was involved faking a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma.

Britain and its allies accuse Damascus of carrying out the suspected attack on Douma and are considering military action against Syria in response. Syria and its main ally Russia deny a chemical attack took place.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the United States had invented reports of a chemical attack in the area, and warned against the use of this as justification for increased military action.

In a televised briefing on Friday, Russia’s Ministry of Defence repeated the government’s stance that the attack was faked, adding that it had proof that Britain participated in its staging.

Apr 14 07:58

Lavrov: Swiss lab says ‘BZ toxin’ used in Salisbury, not produced in Russia, was in US & UK service

The substance used on Sergei Skripal was an agent called BZ, according to a Swiss lab, the Russian foreign minister said. The toxin was never produced in Russia, but was in service in the US, UK, and other NATO states.

Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with an incapacitating toxin known as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate or BZ, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, citing the results of the examination conducted by a Swiss chemical lab that worked with the samples that London handed over to the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Apr 14 06:55

Fars NEWS Iran: People Pour to Streets in Dance of Support for Assad

US, Britain, France Initiate Aggression against Syria, People Pour to Streets in Dance of Support for Assad
TEHRAN (FNA)- US, British and French forces launched over 100 missiles on Syria early Saturday morning, and Russia says Damascus has managed to dodge 71.
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Several explosions were heard in the Eastern and Southern parts of the capital of Damascus. Al-Alam Arabic TV displayed scenes of public gathering in support of the government in the streets of Warzah in Damascus near an attack site.

Footage coming from Syria shows that people are waving flags of Syria, Iran and Russia in the streets of Damascus, in a show of appreciation.

Witness accounts said nearly 20 Cruise missiles flew towards targets around the capital, but nearly half of them were intercepted.

The Syrian state-run news agency also said that "many missiles missed their targets or were intercepted thanks to the Syrian air defense".

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Apr 14 06:36

FOX NOOSE EXCLUSIVE: Syrian neighbors react to US-led strikes with excitement, fear and hope

MANBIJ, Syria – Obada Alstof, a 21-year-old opposition activist from the northern countryside of Homs, was woken up with a loud jolt and tremor in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It came as a welcome surprise

“The explosions were so loud,” Alstof told Fox News in the immediate aftermath. “We had no idea what was happening but we immediately expected that the international coalition was targeting the regime locations.”

The United States and its allies wasted little time before retaliating against the Bashar al-Assad regime over its use last week of chemical weapons, sending bombs raining down at a former missile base - some 15 miles west of Homs. That's where the regime is believed to keep chemical-weapon precursors stockpiled -- in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

According to Pentagon officials, a number of facilities were struck: a chemical weapons storage facility; a chemical weapons equipment storage and crucial command post near Homs; and a scientific research facility in Damascus, believed to be key in the production of chemical and biological weapons.

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(*"Raising On A Busted Flush!"
Mike Rivero)

Apr 14 05:20

CHINA SAYS US-LED ATTACKS AGAINST SYRIA ARE ILLEGAL AND AGAINST INTERNATIONAL LAW

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“China has always spoken against the use of military force in international relations and spoken for the respect of the sovereignty of all the states, their independence and territorial integrity,” the spokeswoman sai.

“China is calling on all the parties concerned to return to the framework of international law and resolve the problem through dialogue and consultations,” the statement reads.

“China believes that political settlement is the sole way out of the Syrian crisis, Hua Chunying said.

Apr 14 05:06

Putin strongly condemns attack against Syria

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia strongly condemns the attack on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.

“Russia strongly condemns the attack on Syria where Russian servicemen are helping the legitimate government in the war on terrorism,” the Kremlin press office quoted Putin as saying.

“By its actions, the United States is increasingly exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and bringing sufferings to civilians and actually conniving at terrorists who have been tormenting the Syrian people for seven years and provoking a new wave of refugees from that country and the region as a whole,” Putin said.

“One again, just like a year ago when the US attacked Shayrat Airbase in Syria...">>>

Apr 14 04:54

US-Led Attacks On Syria Performed Badly And Will Only Become Worse

MOSCOW, Russia – Russia can get back to discussing the issue of supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria in the wake of the US strikes on that country, Head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations Directorate Sergei Rudskoi told reporters at a press briefing in the Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday according to TASS.

“A few years ago, taking into account a pressing request from some of our Western partners, we abandoned the supplies of the S-300 missile systems to Syria. Considering the latest developments, we deem it possible to get back to discussing this issue, not only in relation to Syria, but to other countries as well,” he said.

This has major significance as a total of 71 US-led missiles were intercepted out of 103 launched. Syria defended its country with only the S-200 missile defense system, so an upgrade to S-300 will render future attacks even more useless.

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Apr 13 20:13

Syria strikes not about regime change: May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has authorised British forces to conduct precision strikes against Syria to degrade its chemical weapons capability.

"This is not about intervening in a civil war. It is not about regime change," May said in a statement.

"It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties."

Apr 13 18:34

Trump: US, France and UK launch strikes on Syria

President Donald Trump announced on Friday he ordered strikes on the Syrian regime in response to a chemical weapons attack last weekend.

"I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator of Bashar al-Assad," Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Room.
US aircraft and ships were used in the attack, according to multiple US defense officials.

Trump said the strikes were in coordination with France and the United Kingdom, adding that the purpose of the campaign is to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons."

Apr 13 18:32

Trump orders strike on Syria in response to chemical attack

President Donald Trump announced that he ordered a strike on Syria in response to last weekend's chemical weapons attack.

Addressing the nation Friday evening, Trump said the joint strike with France and the United Kingdom is currently underway.

"A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad," Trump said. "A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway."

Trump said that the "massacre" last weekend in Syria "was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime."

"The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air/ These are not the actions of a man," Trump said, referring to Assad. "They are crimes of a monster instead."

Trump also delivered a message to Iran and Russia.

Apr 13 18:32

Breaking: Joint US, France, UK attack launched on Syria on rural Damascus (video)

(4:10 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the U.S., France, and the U.K. launched a barrage of cruise missiles towards rural Damascus, causing massive explosions near the Dumayr Airbase in the eastern Qalamoun.

While the site is still unknown, Al-Masdar’s field correspondent in Damascus reported that the strike is hitting the rural Damascus countryside near or possibly the Dumayr Airbase.

Apr 13 16:41

Russian top brass reports it has proof of UK’s involvement in Douma chemical incident

MOSCOW, April 13. /TASS/. Russia’s defense ministry has evidence proving the United Kingdom’s direct involvement in the organization of the provocation with the alleged chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta, Igor Konashenkov, the ministry’s spokesman, said on Friday.

He said the ministry had found those who took part in filming the rent-a-mob chemical attack in Syria’s Douma and these people told how the video had been shot.

Apr 13 14:03

UK government’s reckless kowtowing of Trump on Syria – and contempt for the British people

Stuart Littlewood challenges his parliamentary representative to explain the UK government’s disregard for international law and intention not to consult the legislature on its plans to follow Donald Trump in bombing Syria.>>

Apr 13 14:01

We Have Evidence of UK's Role in Staging Douma Provocation - Russian MoD

An apparent false flag chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7 has served as a pretext for the United States to threaten the Middle Eastern country with a missile strike; Russia has been calling for a transparent investigation while local doctors have said no one has requested any medical treatments for poisoning.

The Russian Defense Ministry held a press briefing on what the Western narrative describes as an alleged chemical attack in Syria's Eastern Ghouta. No evidence has been presented to support the claim. A Russian chemical corps commission that has been sent to Douma reported that no traces of chemical poisoning were found. On April 12, the US defense secretary acknowledged that the Pentagon had no evidence of chlorine or sarin use in Douma.

Apr 13 12:31

On the clamour to repeat the disastrous Iraq and Libya interventions in Syria

"Despite the ongoing death and destruction that has followed Western military interventions in Iraq and Libya, the clamour for a repeat performance in Syria is gaining momentum, especially in Washington and London where Donald Trump and Theresa May have plenty of reasons to want to deflect attention from their internal problems.

"The proponents of military intervention in Syria should name one – only one – instance where such intervention in the Middle East has succeeded. Attacking Syria will achieve just one thing: helping the remnants of Islamic State group and other jihadist cutthroats such as Al-Qaeda, the Saudi-backed (if not created) Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) and the Muslim Brotherhood. It also risks breaking up Syria into ethnic and sectarian entities that will, without a doubt, be at perpetual war with one another..."

Apr 13 07:23

Top 5 Chemical Weapon Tests The British Conducted On Their Own People

How anyone could have ever thought any of this was a good idea is simply unconscionable.

Unfortunately, this article is not satirical. Instead, it documents five, historically factual cases where the British Government thought it would be a great idea to test chemical and biological weapons upon their own people during the Cold War.

Apr 13 06:53

Britons lack appetite for war in Syria: 43% against military strikes, YouGov poll reveals

The largest share of Britons surveyed in a YouGov poll for The Times is against military action against Syrian military targets.

Forty-three percent oppose, while just 22 percent support, airstrikes against Syria, with 34 percent unsure whether they back the action.

The poll’s release comes as UK Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly readying her cabinet to back military strikes on Syria without asking Parliament for consent.

This is contrary to opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s position. He is insistent that Parliament must have a say on any airstrikes. His views were echoed by the leaders of both the SNP and the Liberal Democrats.

Apr 13 06:52

Britain's ex-MI6 chief thinks Western intervention saves lives, really wants to bomb Syria

A former UK intelligence chief appeared on the BBC to push for Western strikes on Syria, and also found time to suggest an earlier intervention from the US and its allies may have saved lives.

The former head of MI6 was interviewed on the BBC's flagship Today program on Thursday. It's an interview that may well be studied by historians as the very epitome of the way the British establishment talks to itself, and fails to learn the lessons of its own actions.

Apr 13 06:51

UK TERROR ALERT: New Irish paramilitary group warn ‘we WILL target Crown forces’

A NEW Irish paramilitary group has been founded with the aim of targeting “Crown forces” - a dire warning which threatens to disrupt the long fought-for peace in Northern Ireland.

Apr 13 06:43

SPUTNIK 170: George Galloway Interviews Peter Ford

People stabbed, people shot, people mowed down, people dead – all on the streets of London. It was the day police said they had planned for and hoped would never come. But where did it all come from – out of thin air or a swamp of bitterness and hatred endlessly sown with new blood by governments across the world? To try to find the answers, Peter Ford, a former British ambassador to Syria and now a vocal critic of UK policy in Syria, joins us for a very special edition of Sputnik.

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