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Mar 09 07:36

Leader in Jewish group banned from Labour Party office

Noted Jewish Palestine activist and secretary of left-wing group Jewish Voice for Labour has been banned from holding office in the UK’s main opposition party.

Glyn Secker on Wednesday received a letter from Labour Party officials saying he had been put on “administrative suspension,” citing unspecified “comments made on social media that may be anti-Semitic.”

The letter adds that Secker is now barred from attending any party meetings including Labour’s annual conference.

Mar 08 15:59

21 People Were Hospitalized After Nerve Gas Attack On Ex-Russian Spy

Acting chief constable of the Wiltshire Police Kier Pritchard shared more details about the nerve gas attack on Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal. While initial reports said only the Skripals and a police officer who responded to the scene had been hospitalized, Pritchard said that a total of 21 people received treatment following the nerve gas attack, including the original three, per Sky News.

"Multiple people have been treated, around 21 people, including the man and the woman found on the bench. A number of those have been through the hospital treatment process, they are having blood-tests, support and advice," Pritchard said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Very UN-Russian sloppiness!

Mar 08 10:59

Making Sense of the Russian 5th Generation Fighters in Syria – The Saker

The question is whether this was worth the risk?

First, amazingly enough, the reports of the Su-57 in Syria are true. Some say 2 aircraft, some say 4 (out of a current total of 13). It doesn’t really matter, what matters is that the deployment of a few Su-57s in Syria is a fact and that this represents a dramatic departure from normal Russian (and Soviet) practice.

Introducing the Sukhoi 57 5th generation multi-role fighter

Mar 08 10:55

The Italian Job: ‘unlikely’ alliance could become reality

As Italy's traditional parties scramble to rise from the debris, two extremes – populist Five Star and far-right Lega – may eye coalition

The Italian race was a highly personalized affair, centered on four stars: former prime minister Matteo Renzi – the Italian Tony Blair – of the center-left Democratic Party (PD); the larger-than-life Silvio “bunga bunga” Berlusconi of the right-wing Forza Italia; populist Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio; and extreme-right Lega leader Matteo Salvini.

Mar 08 10:52

Jeff Sessions the Mr. Magoo Buffoon

Oh, Magoo, you've done it again! "I have a vision problem today can't see myself doing much." Such would be a very good motto for Jeff Sessions.

What does impact every inhabitant is that the rule of law has become an utter joke, especially under the regimes of the last three Attorney Generals. Sadly President Trump got snookered by former Senator Jeff Sessions when he was picked to lead the Department of Justice, better described as UNJUSTICE by anyone who has half a brain left to admit the true condition of the top cops, head attorneys or government pseudo magistrates.

Mar 08 09:48

WHAT YOU ARE NOT BEING TOLD ABOUT RUSSIAN SPY SERGEI SKRIPAL

By Ex British Ambassador Craig Murray: There is a major difference between Alexander Litvinenko and Sergei Skripal, which is not being reflected in the media. Litvinenko was a good man who attempted to expose abuses of power within Russia, in defence of the rights of Russians. Skripal is a traitor who sold the identities of Russian agents abroad to the UK, in exchange for hard cash. This may very well have caused the deaths of some of those Russian agents operating in conflict zones. If this is indeed a poisoning, there are a great many people who may want Mr Skripal dead – nor in this murky world should we overlook the fact that he must have known interesting things about his MI6 handlers. “Litvinenko II” is rather too pat and obvious, and could be a false flag set-up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This feels as though it is actually written by a guy who understands what he is talking about.

Mar 08 08:36

Labour’s 'TERF' war: Mass walkout threats over transgender acceptance

A radical feminist group in Labour is threatening to leave, after the party announced it would be backing trans people standing on women-only shortlists. The policy looks set to ignite larger divisions over gender recognition.

The UK Labour Party has been papering over an internal rupture over whether or not transgender people can stand for selection. There are no candidates at present, but a group of radical feminists – so-called Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs) – want the policy scrapped before it happens.

The group’s demands received a blow today. The equality subcommittee of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee is planning to officially back a statement to rebuffed their demands.

Mar 08 08:34

Saudi Crown Prince’s Visit to UK Met with Protests

The visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the United Kingdom has been met with human rights activists' protests. The demonstrators protested over Saudi-led military operation in Yemen.

Since the beginning of the Saudi military campaign in Yemen in 2015, Britain has sold at least $6.4 billion worth of weaponry to the Kingdom. The public approval of UK weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and is only at 6 percent mark in Britain, according to the Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Mar 08 08:04

Senior British diplomat working at firm behind Saudi PR offensive

A UK diplomat is working for the firm behind a multimillion pound Saudi PR drive while still employed by the Foreign Office, it has been revealed. It comes as Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince prepares for his trip to Britain.

Jolyon Welsh, whose Foreign Office roles have included deputy head of Middle East, was given special unpaid leave in 2014 to become a senior director of Consulum, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The communications firm was founded by former executives from Bell Pottinger, the agency that collapsed last year after a scandal over a campaign for South Africa’s Gupta family.

Mar 08 08:04

Major security gaffe as Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to talk oil over tea

Mohammed bin Salman had a busy – and very public – evening, thanks to an embarrassing leak by a staffer. MBS’ itinerary was put on display for all to see, including a scrum of photographers waiting outside 10 Downing Street.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince touched down in the United Kingdom on Wednesday for his first official visit. Media had already been told that the 32-year-old prince would meet the Queen, other royals and Prime Minister Theresa May – but thanks to a piece of paper flipped the wrong way, the world knows a lot more about what the crown prince is getting up to.

Security was of the utmost concern, with scores of police at the ready in Westminster and helicopters circling overhead. Security was tightened as hundreds of protesters picketed the PM’s official residence, denouncing the prince for his alleged war crimes in Yemen.

Mar 07 11:46

New Scientist Laments Cheddar Man Hoax Admission Was 'Seized Upon by Alt-Right Activists'

New Scientist reluctantly admitted that there's no solid evidence "Cheddar man" was dark-skinned in an article on February 21st.

Dozens of news outlets reported as fact that "Cheddar man," a skeleton discovered in 1903 in south-west England which scientists believe is some 10,000 years old, had "dark to black skin" according to a new analysis of his DNA.

That turned out to be false.

"The idea that there are really only about 15 genes underlying skin pigmentation isn't correct," Brenna Henn of Stony Brook University told New Scientist in February.

Mar 07 09:02

The day the BBC decided Putin murdered his mate

Crying at the funeral of a friend is a sign you murdered them, according to a top journalist at the BBC. Well, only if you’re Russian, and your name is Vladimir Putin.

Shedding tears at the last goodbye, embracing said friend’s widow and showing emotion was a giveaway that there was blood on the Russian president’s hands, apparently.

An eagle-eyed reporter turned body language expert, psychologist and well, mind reader, has treated us all to his ramblings and taken us on his giant leap from tears for a loved one to 'mystery solved' in an article titled “The day Putin cried.”

The claims would be offensive and outlandish if they weren’t so utterly laughable. They were also made under the guise of serious reporting. The Russian elections are looming and the introduction pays tribute to that fact. That single, lone, fact. And then the article takes a bizarre twist – hopping back in time to February 24, 2000, and the funeral of Anatoly Sobchak.

Mar 07 08:58

‘Preying on DESPERATION’: Shops charge £8 for bottles of water as taps across UK run dry

GREEDY shops charged up to £8 for bottles of water as taps across the UK ran dry following a horrendous period of winter weather that caused water pipes to burst, it has emerged.

Mar 07 08:55

Celebrity Endorsements for Sadiq Khan Crime Campaign Were Fakes Created by Advertising Agency

An information campaign working to persuade Londoners not to arm themselves with knives contained faked supportive tweets from celebrities, leading to the material being withdrawn and deleted.

Fake tweets supporting the campaign included ones from actor John Boyega — who recently appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi — and musicians Lethal Bizzle and Jessie J.

After it was revealed the celebrities had not been consulted about the campaign, the material was removed, reports The Times. The fake tweets were reportedly created by an advertising agency but were never removed before the project went live.

Mar 07 08:50

Russian spy poisoning is Putin’s ‘declaration of WAR’: UK is now in ‘entirely new game’

RUSSIA has “broken all the rules” and taken assassinations to “a whole new level” following the apparent hit on Sergei Skripal, an expert claimed on BBC Newsnight yesterday as he called the attack on the spy “an act of war”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, I can see the people of Britain ready to risk nuclear war with Russia over one former Russian spy.

Mar 06 12:36

UK Prime Minister Theresa May recruits British royalty to thwart BDS

Stuart Littlewood says the aim of Prince William's visit to the Holy Land must be very different to the one described by the UK government or wished for by Netanyahu, and that if he is seen “to lend legitimacy to a grasping, racist enterprise like the Israel Project… it will surely come to haunt him”. >>

Mar 06 09:59

Brit semiconductor tech ended up in Chinese naval railgun – report

A Chinese firm's buyout of a British semiconductor company may have directly led to China developing railgun weaponry and electromagnetic aircraft carrier catapults for its navy, according to reports.

An anonymous source, identified as a former Dynex exec, told The Sunday Times that the acquisition of Dynex Semiconductor by Chinese railway firm Zhouzhou CRRC Times Electric in 2008 "could have helped the development" of the Chinese navy's new railguns.

Mar 06 08:48

'Wake up' Threatening Russia has 'hostile intent' towards Britain, warns Defence Secretary

Gavin Williamson called for the UK to "wake up" to the threat posed by Russia and said the country needed to "match what Putin is doing with Russian forces".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, like that shipment of gas those eeeeeeeeeeeevl Russians sent to Britain to get them through the hard winter.

Mar 05 12:43

Former Russian spy critically ill in Britain after exposure to unidentified substance: source

Former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, who was convicted in 2006 of spying for Britain, was critically ill on Monday after exposure to unidentified substance in Britain, a source close to the investigation told Reuters.

Skripal, once a colonel in Russia’s GRU military intelligence, was convicted in Russian of betraying agents to British intelligence before he was later swapped as part of a Cold War style spy swap in Vienna in 2010.

Mar 05 10:05

Internet giants have been accused of profiting from sex trafficking by enabling 'pop-up brothels' in Britain. Firms such as Google and Facebook were raking in cash from vulnerable young women who are smuggled into the UK and forced to work as prostitutes

Internet giants have been accused of profiting from sex trafficking by enabling 'pop-up brothels' in Britain.

Firms such as Google and Facebook were raking in cash from vulnerable young women who are smuggled into the UK and forced to work as prostitutes in temporary sex clubs and massage parlours, said the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Tech companies have become 'key enablers' in the sexual exploitation of women trafficked from abroad, said the organisation.

Ministers are now considering introducing new laws to make the multi-billion-pound businesses liable when smuggling gangs use their websites to 'pimp' their victims to men who pay for sex.

Mar 05 08:26

‘Malevolent’ Moscow targets UK energy infrastructure… with tanker of gas to help beleaguered Brits

Weeks after Britain’s defense secretary accused Russia of planning attacks on power stations that could murder “thousands,” Moscow has made its move – by sending gas to help out after the UK’s supplies were hit by cold weather.

There’s blanket coverage in the British media about how Russia is helping out amid a possible gas shortage as a result of the cold snap. No, actually there isn’t, there is hardly any mention of it at all.

There was extensive media coverage when Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson unleashed his scare story about Russian spies eyeing up attacks on Britain’s power infrastructure, warning that Moscow was planning ways to murder “thousands and thousands and thousands” of people. Not much of the analysis seemed to consider that perhaps the warning was overwrought.

Mar 04 11:55

RARE PHOTOS | Sir Roger Bannister Dies At 88…

The world lost a great gentleman this morning...

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Mar 04 11:14

Roger Bannister, first to run mile in under 4 minutes, dead at 88 Associated Press

Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile, has died. He was 88.

Bannister's family said in a statement that he died peacefully on Saturday in Oxford, the English city where the runner cracked the feat many had thought humanly impossible on a windy afternoon in 1954.

Mar 04 07:57

Blast Rocks Northeastern London - Police

The firecrews arrived at the scene of a reported explosion. There's no information about those wounded of killed in the incident.

The police don't qualify the incident as a terrorist act so far.

The roads have been closed and drivers were advised to avoid the area.

Mar 04 07:41

Protests planned next week against bin Salman’s visit to UK

High-profile campaign groups plan to hold protests in London next week against a visit to Britain by the powerful Saudi crown prince to raise alarm over Riyadh’s war crimes in Yemen and its human rights record.

The protesters will gather outside Downing Street next Wednesday, when Mohammed bin Salman arrives in the UK to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Among the organizers are the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and Stop the War Coalition, which counts Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott among their patrons, Sky News reported on Wednesday.

Mar 03 14:37

Who loves ya, Saudi?. Just the UK's Theresa May and her deluded Foreign Office, and the callous death merchants of Washington and Tel Aviv.

Stuart Littlewood highlights the sick ties that bind Britain to Saudi Arabia and are most visibly represented by its multibillion pounds arms exports to the Al Saud family kingdom – arms used to kill and maim innocent civilians in Yemen. >>

Mar 03 08:14

MPs are servants of the people and should never forget that, says ANN WIDDECOMBE

WHEN Britain voted Leave it voted to take back control of our own laws and borders and no deal which does not guarantee those two outcomes can be described as obeying the will of the nation. If Corbyn and the Tory Remoaners together defeat Mrs May's strategy then they'll have thumbed their noses at the British people.

Mar 03 07:58

Brussels Prepares to Drag Britain into ‘Trade War’ with America

The European Union is poised to drag Britain into a damaging trade war with the United States, as Brussels prepares to retaliate against measures designed to protect American metalworkers.

Mar 03 07:57

Sadiq Khan Focuses on Alleged ‘Ethnic Pay Gap’ While Crime Wave Rolls over London

The Labour politician cited a pay audit which claims Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) municipal employees are paid “up to” 37 per cent less than white employees “on average” — but type of job, hours worked, etc. are not taken into account.

Mar 02 12:05

West, silent on Damascus shelling, threatens Ghouta action

France has joined the US and Britain in threatening Damascus with possible airstrikes in the event of further chemical weapons use in Syria.

Their threats on Friday came as terrorist groups continued shelling a safe corridor declared by the Syrian government for civilians to leave Eastern Ghouta.

Takfiri terrorists have turned the enclave on the suburbs of Damascus to a launch pad for mortar attacks on the Syrian capital.

The Syrian army is currently in the midst of an operation to drive the terrorists out of Eastern Ghouta, but it is facing a hostile West threatening attacks on Syrian troops which it accuses of targeting civilians.

Western leaders were quick to point the finger at the Syrian government after reports of chlorine release in Eastern Ghouta last week.

For years, foreign-backed militants have appeared to release chemical substances in the areas close to the site of government airstrikes and capture the aftermath on videos.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The logical question which one has to ask here, is why al-Assad be gassing and poisoning his own people, when his and Russia's forces are so close to a military victory against the jihadists?!?

And here's a companion piece from the English language version of sputniknews.com:

US will turn Ghouta into a Terrorist Stronghold - Syrian General.

The US cannot do this from the air, because of Russian air defense, but is doing it on the ground, where terrorist jihadists are laying seige to small cities, and using hostages as human shields.

Mar 02 08:52

Putin: The Man Who Stopped Washington’s Regime Change Rampage

Putin has become an obstacle to Washington’s imperial ambitions which is why he has been elevated to Public Enemy Number 1. It has nothing to do with the fictitious meddling in the 2016 elections or the nonsensical “rolling back democracy” in Russia. It’s all about power.

American liberals would be surprised to know that Putin actually supports many of the same social issues that they support.

Putin is not the ghoulish caricature the media makes him out to be nor does he hate America, that’s just more propaganda from the corporate echo-chamber. The truth is Putin has been good for Russia, good for regional stability, and good for global security.

Mar 02 07:14

Neo-Nazi groups recruit Britons to fight in Ukraine

Neo-Nazi groups involved in the fighting in Ukraine are actively seeking to recruit British far-right activists, a leading anti-fascist watchdog has warned.

At least two Britons are thought to have travelled to the war-torn eastern European country in recent months after encouragement by people linked to the Azov battalion, a notorious Ukrainian fascist militia, according to Hope Not Hate.

The warning comes only four days after the outgoing head of UK counter-terrorism policing, Mark Rowley, revealed that four far-right terror plots had been foiled in 2017 and extreme right groups were seeking to build international networks.

Mar 02 07:14

Johann Hari: The truth? Our empire killed millions

We are still a nation locked in denial. If you point out basic facts about the British Empire - that the British deliberately adopted policies that caused as many as 29 million Indians to starve to death in the late 19th century, say - you smack into a wall of incomprehension and rage.

The historian Niall Ferguson called me "Hari the horrible" for writing about this in my column last week. Another neo-imperialist historian, Lawrence James, accuses me in The Sunday Times of being a "twerp" who writes "twaddle". The Daily Mail says I should check my facts.

I have. Many times. And the truth is still there, no matter how much sound and fury is vomited at it.

Mar 01 18:14

Coldest March day ever: Forecasters' chilling warning as scores of panicked drivers sit trapped on frozen roads and UK faces running out of GAS after record day when temperatures never rose over -5C

Storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, is meeting the Beast from the East's chilly Russia air - causing further widespread snowfall and bitter temperatures after the mercury fell as low as -16C (3F) last night.

On the first day of meteorological spring today, temperatures will fall to -11C (12F) in the daytime as the Met Office said 'winter is still firmly in charge across the UK' - and London Paddington station was closed due to icy platforms.

Tomorrow meteorologists are expected to announce that today has been the coldest day in March since records began.

Mar 01 10:58

Snow is a thing of the past.......Blame Russia

Snowfall is continuing to cause disruption in parts of the UK as very cold air sweeps in from Russia.

Feb 28 15:54

Blundering Into Iran – Philip Giraldi

Countering an assumed Iranian threat that is no threat at all and triggering a catastrophic war would be a major mistake that would lead to a breakdown in the current political alignment of the entire Middle East. And it would be costly for the United States.

Feb 28 08:46

Maplin collapses as rescue talks fail

One of the UK's biggest electronics retailers has collapsed into administration after talks with buyers failed to secure a sale.

Maplin, which has more than 200 stores and 2,300 staff, will continue to trade through the process.

The business faced the slump in the pound after the Brexit vote, weak consumer confidence and a withdrawal of credit insurance.

These factors made it "impossible" to raise capital, boss Graham Harris said.

Feb 28 08:44

Toys R Us UK goes into administration

Toys R Us has gone into administration, putting 3,000 UK jobs at risk.

Administrators have been appointed to begin "an orderly wind-down" of the UK's biggest toy retailer following the failure to find a buyer.

Feb 28 08:43

UK weather: Sea freezes over at Isle of Wight harbour

Video footage shows the sea frozen over at Bembridge Harbour on the east coast of the Isle of Wight.

Temperatures on the island dipped to -6C (21F) overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday.

Feb 27 11:08

BRITAIN OFFICIALLY PREPARES NOW FOR WAR AGAINST RUSSIA

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org
On Wednesday, February 21st, the UK’s Minister of Defence, Conservative Gavin Williamson, announced that the United Kingdom is changing its fundamental defence strategy from one that’s targeted against non-state terrorists (Al Qaeda, etc.), to one that’s targeted instead against three countries: Russia, China, and North Korea. He acknowledged that a massive increase in military spending will be needed for this, and that “savings” will have to be found in other areas of Government-spending, such as the health services, and in military spending against terrorism.

The headline in the London Times on February 22nd was “Russia ‘is a bigger threat to our security than terrorists’”. Their Defence Editor, Deborah Haynes. reported:

The threat to Britain from states such as Russia and North Korea is greater than that posed by terrorism, the defence secretary said yesterday, marking a significant shift in security policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has this gentleman, and the entire government of the UK, gone collectively barking-dog mad, in this assessment?!?

Or, was it theirs to make in the first place, or a determination forced upon them by the current US administration?!?

With so much of their country already living in the abject misery of poverty because of the British government's austerity program, what will the future tooling up of their war machine, possibly coupled with conscription of Britain's youth, mean for Britain's future?!?

So I have a statement for Mr Williamson to ponder: Those who do not understand the past (Iraq) are doomed to repeat it (Russia, China, Korea).

Feb 27 09:55

John McDonnell's Marx tribute ‘shows Labour’s true hard-Left ideology,’ warn MPs

CONCERNS that the Labour leadership plans to impose a Communist ideology on Britain have been heightened by revelations that John McDonnell is to speak at a Marxist event.

Feb 27 09:06

Revealed: British university vice-chancellors’ five-star expenses

The lavish expense accounts of some of Britain’s university vice-chancellors are today laid bare in an investigation whose revelations have drawn comparisons with the 2009 scandal that did much to undermine the reputation of Britain’s MPs.

A Channel 4 Dispatches programme has unearthed evidence that, at a time when lecturers are taking industrial action over potential cuts to their pensions, those charged with running many of the country’s universities are enjoying first-class air travel, five-star hotels and fine dining.

Feb 26 13:38

Police ‘Don’t Know’ Why Rape Is Up 20 Per Cent in Sadiq Khan’s London

Rapes are soaring in Britain’s multicultural capital under Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan — but police claim they have no idea what could be behind the increase.

Feb 26 11:22

‘Major incident’: Multiple casualties as blast flattens store & home in Leicester, UK

Police confirmed four people were killed and four others were injured after a large blast destroyed a building in the UK city of Leicester. The area is still cordoned off and rescue efforts to find more casualties are underway.

Emergency response teams rushed to the scene after the explosion at about 7pm local time. The fire department sent six fire engines to the scene of the large blast which destroyed a convenience store and a home. A local hospital said two patients were in a critical condition and four people had less severe injuries.

Feb 26 09:17

RAW VIDEO | ‘Major Incident’ Declared After Explosion In England

Raw video shows building collapsed and on fire in Leicester, England.

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Feb 24 11:54

Putin’s Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It?

Israel has now had a taste of President Putin’s ‘stick’: Your air superiority in the North has just been punctured by the Syrian air defences. You, Israel, will lose it completely were our Russian S400s air defences to be enabled: ‘Think it over’.

Last week saw the first ‘game changer’ that almost plunged the region into war: the downing of one of Israel’s most sophisticated aircraft – an F16i by Syrian air defense.

As Ronen Bergman wrote in the New York Times: “Israel will no longer be able to act in Syria without limitations”; and secondly, “if anyone was not yet aware of it, Russia is the dominant power in the region”.

Feb 24 11:15

'Absurd' Jeremy Corbyn CANNOT ‘laugh off’ communist spy meeting, warns ex-MI6 chief

It is “absurd” for Mr Corbyn to suggest he thought a Czechoslovakian agent was just a diplomat when he agreed to meet him, former MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove has claimed.

Sir Richard, who was the head of the Secret Intelligence Service from 1999 to 2004, also said that Mr Corbyn should have taken care to avoid the agent.

The ex-MI6 head said that said that holding only a couple of meetings with Jan Sarkocy would amount to "stupidity" on the part of Mr Corbyn.

However, he added that if the spy's claims that many more meetings took place were true then "this affair takes on a completely different aspect".

Feb 24 11:14

‘FRANKLY SICKENING' Tony Blair in astonishing attack over May's Brexit

In a wide-ranging and blistering attack, the former Labour leader took aim at the PM and other politicians who he accused of being in “cake and eat it” mode over the nature of the relationship between Britan and the EU once the UK leaves the bloc next year.

Writing on the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change website, Mr Blair said: “Each speech in this bizarre parade of Government Ministers designed to show unity only further exposes the division.

“They all try to pull the sword out of the stone, huffing and puffing away, and all fail.

Feb 24 11:12

British-Iranian prisoner’s release depends on £400mn arms deal debt row, claims husband

Imprisoned British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release depends on the UK paying a £400 million ($765 million) arms deal debt it owes Iran, according to her husband Richard. The debt is thought to date back to the 1970s.
An Iranian Judge reportedly told Zaghari-Ratcliffe on Wednesday that her release was dependent on the UK paying the interest on the debt. Zaghari-Ratcliffe also claims the judge said the Iranian Foreign Ministry was in talks with the UK government.

“It’s the first time we've been told that it is linked to the dispute over the interest rate. But it is at least the second time an Iranian official has told Nazanin that her case is linked with the arms deal debt," Ratcliffe told the Telegraph.

Feb 24 08:34

Russian Presidential Elections: Boring, Useless and Necessary?

The sad reality is that these elections will change nothing and they are not only boring (no real, credible, opposition) but also useless. A grand waste of time and money. And yet, they are also necessary.

They are necessary because in the “Empire of Illusions”, to borrow Chris Hedges’ excellent expression, everybody simply has to play by the AngloZionist rules: elections are an absolute “must” even if they are self-evidently farcical.

Feb 23 07:21

May Govt Backs Sex-Change Treatment for Under 16s, Snubs Christian Group

Theresa May’s health secretary has snubbed Christian campaigners and backed the use of sex-change drugs for children under the age of 18.

The Department of Health and Social Care, led by Jeremy Hunt MP, said that young people have a right “to determine what happens to their own bodies,” including consenting to drug treatments that can sterilise them and stunt growth.

It comes as the Government considers a 2016 parliamentary report demanding “trans issues” are “mandatory” on school curriculums, 16-year-olds can change their gender without parental consent, and calling for “fast-tracked” sex changes.

Hunt’s department was responding to a petition by the Christian group Voice for Justice UK, signed by more than 8,000 people, which called for all surgical and hormonal sex-change treatment to “be banned below the age of 18.”

Feb 23 07:20

British Horse Racing is ‘Too White’, Industry Told

Horse racing in Britain needs to become more “diverse” the sport was told at an industry awards night at which 90 per cent of nominees were white.

Speaking at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards in London on Monday, British Horseracing Authority (BHA) chief Nick Rust said the sport needs to question whether it has a problem with “unconscious bias”.

The betting industry bigwig slammed figures which showed that nine in 10 of the 265 nominations received for the awards, which mark the contributions of around 6,000 people who work in Britain’s horse racing and breeding industries, were from a white British or Irish background.

“We need to look at what lies behind this and ensure far better representation across the various minority groups in future years,” the Racing Post reported Rust as saying.

Feb 23 07:15

LGBT sex education – Corbyn backs classroom changes

Gay sex should be part of the national curriculum, according to Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour Party leader backed the coverage of same-sex relationships in schools during an interview on Will Young’s Homo Sapiens podcast.

Currently sex education solely focuses on heterosexual couples practicing safe sex and healthy relationships. Teachers are not instructed to address the LGBTQ sexual experience.

During his appearance on the podcast, which was covered by the Gay Times, Corbyn asserted that he is fully behind a reform of the way sex, especially gay sex, is taught in schools. “Sex education should involve same-sex as well as heterosexual relationships – it’s about relationships.”

Feb 23 07:10

WATCH: Bundestag speech SCOLDING Merkel for THREATS to Britain prompts HUGE APPLAUSE

ALICE Weidel, the leader of the German AfD party, delivered a scathing attack on Angela Merkel during a morning session of the Bundestag after the Chancellor threatened to punish Britain over Brexit.

Feb 22 13:27

German Brexit-hating Juncker ally dubbed ‘Brussels MONSTER’ given top EU role

EU CHIEFS have been accused of nepotism after a Brexit-hating Eurocrat dubbed the 'Brussels monster' was handed a plum new role at the European Commission after being nominated by his pal Jean-Claude Juncker.

Feb 22 13:26

Night of knife crime prompts Khan to seek emergency meeting as machete fight VIDEO goes viral

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May as knife crime in the capital hits crisis levels. Two people were stabbed to death on February 20 – the 14th and 15th knife deaths in 2018.

London Assembly figures showed there were 14,521 knife crime offenses in the capital in the 12 months to January 2018, with stabbings in London at their highest level in six years, a 23 percent rise from the previous year.

Feb 22 09:46

Jim Mattis refutes the “Fake News” of Israel and NATO

For the first time, a practicing Secretary of Defense has denounced the ongoing lies of Israel, its own administration and NATO.

This should have been the “front page” of all Western newspapers. But only Newsweek reported it [ 1 ].

Feb 22 09:44

Mike Whitney: Did Trump Cut a Deal on the “Collusion” Charge?

Are the Intel agencies and the FBI looking for a way to end this political cage-match before a second Special Counsel is appointed and he starts digging up embarrassing information about the involvement of other agencies (and perhaps, the White House) in the Russiagate fiasco?

All of these questions need to be answered in order to clear the air, hold the guilty parties accountable and restore confidence in the government.

Feb 21 16:52

Theresa May calls for the Brexit transition to be extended indefinitely beyond December 2020

The UK government has called for the EU to discuss extending the Brexit transition period indefinitely beyond December 2020, in a move that is likely to enrage Conservative Brexiteers.

The EU has previously insisted that Britain must be fully out of the EU by December 31, 2020, meaning a transition period would not be able to go beyond 20 months.

However, the UK's Brexit transition guidelines leaked to Business Insider, calls on the EU to discuss leaving this end date open indefinitely.

Feb 21 10:57

OXFAM | We’re Sorry For Covering Up The Sex Orgies In Haiti

Here's video of the head of OXFAM Charity apologizing and begging for more money...

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Feb 21 08:03

‘I don't trust them!' Alastair Campbell launches BRUTAL attack on May & Davis over Brexit

FORMER Tony Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell has hit out at Britain's Brexit negotiating team and claimed he cannot trust the likes of Theresa May and David Davis with the country's future.

Feb 21 08:03

London's Property Crash Has Begun

The average age of a first time mum at London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital is 37, a statistic that tells you everything you need to know about the choices supposedly affluent city dwellers are being forced to make in the capital. For the middle classes, the cost of living in London?—?the cost of getting by?—?long ago went past insane (£17,040: the cost per year of educating a four year-old child at Thomas’s school in Fulham, not including uniform). It’s the incredible price of property, of course, that’s been the engine driving this madness, ratcheting the pressure ever higher on Londoners who don’t own a home while making very wealthy, on paper at least, those who do.

Feb 21 05:30

Munich did nothing to appease Cold War 2.0 fears – Pepe Escobar

So, let Cold War 2.0 dissolve into what it should always have been – an empty shell.

The Munich Security Conference is supposed to be an annual lofty gathering of global politicians, and military and intelligence experts. Theoretically, they discuss serious security matters under a cool professional eye in an informed setting.

Yet, in these times of doom and gloom, what the 54th conference yielded was another Russophobia show – a direct connection to the “Russiagate” soap opera in Washington.

Feb 20 11:07

Home Office denies medical cannabis pleas for boy age six

Requests for a medical cannabis licence to help a boy whose rare form of epilepsy improved after taking the drug have been denied by the Home Office.

Six-year-old Alfie Dingley, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, suffers up to 30 violent seizures a day.

His parents want to treat him with medical cannabis oil, which is illegal in the UK.

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Ms Deacon said Alfie went to the Netherlands to take a cannabis-based medication in September.

She said that while there, the medication, prescribed by a paediatric neurologist, saw his seizures reduce in number, duration and severity.

At one point while in the UK, Alfie had 3,000 seizures and 48 hospital visits in a year, but while abroad he went 24 days without a single attack.

Feb 20 11:02

'F*** off!' Hartley-Brewer EXPLODES in rant over Brussels' Brexit bill demands

JULIA HARTLEY-BREWER exploded in a furious rant over Brussels’ demand for the so-called Brexit divorce bill as negotiations rumble on, insisting the prospect of parting with a vast sums can "f*** off".

Feb 20 10:59

Escalation in Syria – How Far Can the Russians be Pushed? - The Saker

A new US strategy in Syria: to punish the Russians as much as possible short of an overt US attack on Russian forces.

Events in Syria have recently clearly taken a turn for the worse and there is an increasing amount of evidence that the Russian task force in Syria is being targeted by a systematic campaign of “harassing attacks”.

First, there was the (relatively successful) drone and mortar attack on the Russian Aerospace base in Khmeimin. Then there was the shooting down of a Russian SU-25 over the city of Maasran in the Idlib province. Now we hear of Russian casualties in the US raid on a Syrian column (along with widely exaggerated claims of “hundreds” of killed Russians).

Feb 20 10:53

Brains for Brexit: UK Intellectuals Break Ranks with Pro-EU Academic Establishment

Some of the UK’s best and brightest have banded together to form a new pro-Brexit group to counteract the propaganda that Leave supporters are dim-witted, ‘low-information’ voters.

‘Briefings for Britain’, which has launched a new website, is backed by over 40 distinguished former civil servants, historians, legal professionals, philosophers, scientists, and others — and claims there are more like them who are still afraid to stick their heads above the parapet.

“They said, ‘I’d love to be part of your group but I haven’t got a proper job yet and I probably won’t if I’m identified’,” explained Dr. Graham Gudgin, an economist at the Centre for Business Research and Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, in comments to The Times.

“One of our contributors said he was told by a younger pro-Brexit colleague that his professor had told him that people who voted Brexit were the sort of people who sent his relatives to concentration camps,” he added.

Feb 20 10:52

‘Military Arm’ Party of Remain Movement Launched to Stop Brexit

A leader of Renew Britain has described the new anti-Brexit party as the “military arm” of the Remain movement, which will “threaten” sitting MPs who back Brexit.

James Clarke, one of three “principals”, said plans to field candidates at the next general election would put pressure on sitting MPs to reconsider their position on Brexit.

Feb 20 10:39

Islamic London: "Run, Hide, Tell"

Muslim-majority areas typically consist of poor, unattractive housing projects, remote from the city center, which long ago were abandoned by their original indigenous, working-class populations. They often feature men sitting around cafes and women cooped up at home. They suffer from a range of social pathologies, including unemployment, criminal gangs, and drug-trafficking.

In some instances, store names are only in Arabic.

The Muslim presence is implicit in the intense, pervasive, and depressing security measures installed against jihadi threats of violence. These range from signs urging "Run, Hide, Tell" to bollards, barriers, and gates.

Feb 19 19:17

Plastic Microbeads Banned in the U.K. but Your Products May Still Have Them

Waking Times

It can be quite surprising to find out that your facial scrub, body wash or toothpaste contain thousands of tiny plastic microbeads. What’s even more appalling is the fact that thousands of tons of these microbeads end up in the ocean every year. Because of this staggering impact on our waterways and oceans, the U.K. has joined the U.S. in a ban of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products.

Feb 19 11:56

Goofy Indictments Divert Attention from Criminal Abuses at the FBI and DOJ

All of these suspects will go uninvestigated, unindicted, and unpunished just like the perpetrators of the Iraq War, just like the perpetrators of the Financial Meltdown, and just like the perpetrators of all the major crimes against the American people.

The evidence that the FBI and DOJ “improperly obtained” FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign affiliate, Carter Page, has now been overshadowed by the tragic massacre in Parkland, Florida and the obfuscating indictments of 13 Internet “trolls” who have not been linked to the Russian government and who are being used to conceal the fact that the 18 month-long witch hunt has not yet produced even one scintilla of hard evidence related to the original claims of “hacking or collusion”.

Feb 19 10:47

Is John Brennan the Mastermind Behind Russiagate?

What role did Obama play? What about the Intelligence Community Assessment? Was it based on the contents of the Steele report? Will the “hand-picked” analysts who worked on the report vouch for its conclusions in or were they coached about what to write? How did Brennan persuade the reluctant Comey into opening a counterintelligence investigation on members in the Trump campaign when he knew it would be perceived as a partisan attempt to sabotage the elections by giving Hillary an edge?

Soon the investigative crosshairs will settle on Brennan. He’d better have the right answers.

Feb 19 09:20

Guy Verhofstadt LAUGHS as he considers Theresa May could be OUSTED in Brexit chaos

THERESA May could be ousted if her Brexit deal is voted down, and replaced by a new government with a different Brexit stance, veteran eurocrat Guy Verhofstadt speculated yesterday

Feb 18 18:22

Army recruitment numbers PLUNGE after 'DISASTROUS' decision leaves THOUSANDS dropping out

FURIOUS Army veterans have complained of staff shortages despite a record number of people applying to join the Armed Forces that blamed “red tape” for the gaff, it has been reported.

Thousands of those wishing to serve their country on the front line dropped out last year after they became frustrated with the application process that takes an average of 300 days to complete.

SAS veteran Andy McNab described the blunder “absolute madness” as he labelled the process a “bureaucratic nightmare”.

Mr McNab added: “How you can go from over 100,000 trying to join to less than 8,000 signing up defies belief.

Feb 18 11:10

Mueller: No Collusion Between Trump and Putin, But the Russia Card Is Bigger Than Ever

Sheer hypocrisy and crass dishonesty incarnate.

Now, a few days later—and thirteen indictments from one of Mueller’s grand juries, announced by the very same Rosenstein, specifically against more “Russian players” who reportedly “meddled” in the 2016 American elections, but without any connivance by the Trump campaign—and Rosenstein is feted as a veritable savior of the republic by those same commenters. Those Neocons who now selectively support the president and those bitterly anti-Russian Fox pundits (with the possible exception of Tucker Carlson) are absolutely giddy with delight! For too long, in their defense of President Trump against the charge of collusion, they had found themselves in the extremely uncomfortable situation (for them) of having to mount an attempt to exculpate the Russians, or at least lessen their culpability.

Feb 18 08:53

British PM Wants London and Brussels to Work Jointly to Resolve Security Issues

The 2018 Security Conference is under way in Munich, where British Prime Minister Theresa May is due to deliver a speech titled Road to Brexit: A Security Partnership.

In an upcoming address to world leaders attending the 2018 Munich Security Conference, UK Prime Minister Theresa May will tout a new UK-EU treaty on intelligence and security. She will also say that the safety of European citizens should not be jeopardized by "rigid institutional restrictions" and "deep-seated ideology."

"The challenge for all of us today is finding the way to work together, through a deep and special partnership between the UK and the EU, to retain the co-operation that we have built and go further in meeting the evolving threats we face together," according to May.

Feb 17 18:11

New Year fitness craze fails to boost retail sales as consumer spending flounders

PUMPED up spending on gym wear and fitness equipment could not prevent UK retail sales sagging in January. Concerns mounted that cash-strapped consumers will struggle to power economic growth after official figures showed sales volumes edging up by just 0.1 per cent from the previous month, when they declined by 1.4 per cent.

This was well below economists’ forecasts of 0.5 per cent growth, while the 1.6 per cent year-on-year improvement also undershot predictions.

Feb 17 18:07

Guy Verhofstadt mocks 'STUPID' Brexiteers and boasts EU is MORE popular since Leave vote

GUY Verhofstadt has continued to mock Brexiteers, describing the vote to exit the EU as “stupid” and boasting that Europe is now more popular and more united since the referendum took place.

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