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Mar 27 11:05

Met Police To Be Investigated For Covering Up Establishment Child Abuse

A British watchdog is expanding its investigation into allegations that senior Metropolitan Police figures ordered officers to drop inquiries into child sex abuse claims involving politicians, judges and celebrities.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is already handling 14 referrals related to alleged cover-ups.

Mar 27 10:43

Ron Paul: How Will the Yemeni Civil War End?

This idea that we can run an Empire with military threats, missiles, and economic sanctions is a fallacy.

The Civil War in Yemen is rapidly expanding. We have been forced to close our embassy and military base located there. It is now clear that Obama’s optimism for fighting terrorism in Yemen was misplaced. It hardly sets a standard for dealing with constant conflict and chaos throughout the Middle East.

So far the various factions that we have supported over the years have been poor choices, as usual.

Hopefully someday our government officials will wake up. The counterinsurgency doctrine that was supposed to be the answer to all our military shortcomings is a total failure.

Mar 27 09:47

The British Government Fails Victims Of Slavery

The government claims its Modern Slavery Bill, that passed into law today, is proof that it cares about victims. So why are anti-trafficking processes letting victims down?

Mar 27 09:14

British users can sue Google in UK over “secret tracking”

The UK Court of Appeal's ruling clears the way for the group known as "Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking" to proceed with its claim for compensation. The group alleges, "Google deliberately undermined protections on the Safari browser so that they could track users' internet usage and to provide personally tailored advertising based on the sites previously visited."

The claimants in the original High Court case said they suffered "by reason of the fact that the information collected from their devices was used to generate advertisements which were displayed on their screens. These were targeted to their apparent interests (as deduced from the information collected from the devices they used). The advertisements that they saw disclosed information about themselves. This was, or might have been, disclosed also to other persons who either had viewed, or might have viewed, these same advertisements on the screen of each Claimant's device."

Mar 27 07:53

Hookers and Blow Economy: 1 in 20 students in UK worked in sex trade to fund living cost

HOOKERS AND BLOW ECONOMY: 1 IN 20 STUDENTS IN UK WORKED IN SEX TRADE TO FUND LIVING COST
One in 20 students in the UK have worked in the sex industry while studying at the university to make ends meet, according to a new survey that shows more number of them are secretly turning to the profession. Men were more likely to be involved than women, and the sex work ranged from prostitution and escorting to stripping and internet work, the Student Sex Work Project report said.

Mar 27 06:20

US Declassifies Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program

Smith, who heads the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, reportedly said he thinks this is the first time the US government has officially confirmed that Israel is a nuclear power, a status that Israel has long been widely known to have despite being undeclared.

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

Mar 26 15:54

How to deal with Israel’s stooges

Stuart Littlewood views recent attempts by Israel’s stooges in Britain to bully academic institutions into cancelling events on the grounds that the events will feature Israel critics or examine Israeli behaviour.

Mar 26 15:11

How Does The British Government Fail Victims Of Modern Slavery?

One day last September a 16 year old girl arrived at Heathrow airport accompanied by a British woman. The girl was travelling on a United States passport but she’d left there when she was two and was now living in an African country.

Mar 26 14:32

Bringing Gaza to Glasgow: Council spends £24 million on high tech spying kit from Israel

The UK Government and Glasgow City Council are spending £24 million trialling Israeli surveillance equipment in Glasgow.

Mar 26 06:03

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

Reality crashed down on those who had hoped the March 17 Knesset elections might lead to a more moderate future Israeli leadership.

The election returns brought the news, Benjamin Netanyahu had won again.

He won in large part by revoking his earlier pledge to support a Palestinian state, and by using last-hour racist warnings to bring out hard right voters.

“Something like scales” must be made to fall from the eyes of the American public which has been endorsing, funding and supporting a brutal military occupation for almost five decades. How will that be accomplished?

God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes She causes scales to fall and opens the eyes of those who do not yet see.

Mar 26 05:59

Conference Program to Scrutinize Israel Lobby on April 10 at National Press Club

Conference organizers are the American Educational Trust, publisher of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.

This unprecedented gathering will focus on the Israel lobby in America. How big is it? How fast has it grown? How interconnected are the organizations and individuals? How much revenue does it raise and where does the money go? What are the common objectives of the lobby? What laws apply to lobbying to benefit a foreign government and are they vigorously enforced? Do coordinated campaign contributions cause American policymakers to act more on behalf of Israel than the United States? What fallacies underlie the assertions that U.S. and Israeli interests are the same? What are the Israel lobby’s public and private, short-and-medium-term policy objectives? And what can Americans who do not believe pro-Israel slogans, activities and policy objectives do?

Mar 26 05:55

The Roots of Netanyahu’s Electoral Victory: Colonial Expansion and Fascist Ideology

Netanyahu has established the fact that Israel and its people embrace a racist ideology and receive the endorsement of most Western leaders, and mass media and the unconditional support of its overseas fifth column.

There is no question that the majority of Israeli Jewish leaders and parties support Netanyahu’s racist pronouncements and ‘no-state’ solution and joined him in a coalition government. But the larger issue is the positive mass response to Netanyahu’s call to action. Nearly three quarters of the electorate turned out (73%) to elect him. Moreover, Netanyahu has been elected prime minister for four terms: between 1996-99 and more recently 2009-20.

What is more, the opposition has not differed from the Netanyahu coalition regime’s Judeo-centric policies and pronouncements. In other words, ‘racist’ ideology per se is not what drives the Israeli majority to repeatedly support Netanyahu.

Mar 26 02:41

China meets London: UK starts first yuan money-market fund

The UK has become the first country in Europe to open a yuan-denominated money market fund, cutting out the middle man for investing in China.

Mar 25 19:59

Dead woman, 92, gets tax bill for 1p: Son attacks 'ludicrous' decision to send letter to collect debt after she moved into care home

A woman who died last year aged 92 has been sent a council tax bill – for a penny.

Elsie Watson left the paltry debt after moving from Woodley near Stockport into a care home whose staff forwarded the unopened bill to her son Barry Holland.

The Stockport Council demand said Mrs Watson could pay it in instalments.

Mar 25 12:13

Bibi Wins with Racism and Revoked Promise

He won in large part by revoking his earlier pledge to support a Palestinian state, and by using last-hour racist warnings to bring out hard right voters.

Because Netanyahu’s Likud party won the largest number of seats (30) in the new Israeli parliament (120 total), he will play the major role in organizing the next government.

Even liberal Zionist Thomas Friedman had to acknowledge that Netanyahu won with “dirty” politics and the use of “dog-whistle” language. Friedman wrote in his New York Times column that “You cannot win that dirty and just walk away like nothing has happened”.

God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes causes scales to fall and opens the eyes of those who do not yet see.

Mar 25 09:54

Britain to spend £280mn on renewing Malvinas defenses

Britain has unveiled plans to bolster defenses on the Malvinas Island to counter what it calls possible threats from Argentina.

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the parliament that London will spend £280mn over the next decade on renewing its military arrangements on the Malvinas Island.

“The principle threat to the islands remains…I am confident that, following this review, we have the right deployment,” he was quoted as saying by the British media.

Mar 25 09:29

MPs attack BBC for its 'biased EU reporting': Corporation accused of 'falling down severely' in its obligation to provide impartial coverage

The BBC has a ‘deeply concerning’ pro-European bias and has ‘fallen down severely’ in its obligation to provide impartial coverage of the issue, MPs say today.

The European Scrutiny Committee says the corporation does not give enough airtime to those who believe Britain should leave the European Union or that there should be a referendum on membership.

The MPs also criticised the BBC’s director-general, Lord Hall, for failing in his role as the corporation’s editor-in-chief, after he turned down an invitation to give evidence to the committee in Parliament four times.

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Mar 25 09:17

Irish Water may deduct unpaid bills from wages and welfare

Irish Water will be able to deduct water bills directly from wages and welfare payments under strengthened compliance measures being considered by the Government.

The introduction of attachment orders in order to increase compliance with water charges marks a step change in the Coalition’s approach to those who do not pay their water bills.

Mar 25 09:17

Russia questions Britain's claim to the Falklands as garrison reinforced

Britain will send two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and new surface-to-air missile system to the Falkland Islands, amid fears Russia could be arming the Argentine government.

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said the Islands will be ready to repel “any potential threat” following reports that the Kremlin is preparing to lease 12 Su-24 long range bombers to Buenos Aires in exchange for beef and wheat.

It came as Russia questioned the legitimacy of Britain’s claim on the Islands.

Mar 25 09:14

Aircraft-less carriers: No point in new Navy vessel if no jets supplied, MPs warn

Britain cannot afford to launch the second of its new aircraft carriers, HMS Prince of Wales, because of planned cuts in the defense budget, a committee of MPs said on Tuesday.

The total cost of operating the aircraft carrier, which includes deploying additional ships to protect it and jets to launch from it, exceed Britain’s projected military spending, MPs warned.

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed the government’s intention to bring HMS Prince of Wales into service at the NATO summit in Wales last September.

At the time, Cameron said the second aircraft carrier would enable the UK to “always have one carrier available, 100 percent of the time.”

Mar 25 09:14

Austerity hits poor, migrant children hardest – parliamentary report

Children from poor families have been disproportionately harmed by Britain’s austerity policies, a parliamentary report has found. Youngsters' reduced access to legal aid will serve to blacken the government’s human rights legacy, it added.

In a report published on Monday, Britain’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR), examined the government’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Mar 25 07:31

Cameron Invokes Thatcher with Cheap Propaganda Stunt

Western power trying its best to destabilize foreign countries on the cheap...

With only weeks to go to the British national election and the re-election of a Conservative-led government in doubt after five years of brutal economic austerity, Cameron made the bizarre announcement last week that Britain is going to fund «free market reforms» and «good governance» in eastern European countries. The move invited comparisons with Cold War era British premier Margaret Thatche++r who at the end of the 1980s launched a similar programme to assist former Soviet Bloc countries adopt «free market reforms».

Mar 25 07:24

Conference Program to Scrutinize the Israel Lobby on April 10 at the National Press Club

The April 10 conference “The Israel Lobby: Is It Good for the US? Is It Good for Israel?” at the National Press Club will present the following panels:

1.0 What Is the Israel Lobby and How Does It Work? 9:00 AM
2.0 Are Critical Voices Silenced? 10:10 AM
3.0 Is Freedom of Speech Encouraged on American Campuses? 11:35 AM
4.0 Is the Lobby Good for Israel? 1:15 PM
5.0 How Does the Lobby Influence Congress? 2:25 PM
6.0 Is There an Iraq-Iran Continuum? 3:50 PM

Speaker biographies are available at http://IsraelLobbyUS.org/speakers/.

Mar 25 07:19

ISIL helps Israel conceal its historical origin

Find out why neither Egypt was the land of the Israelites’ Exodus nor Palestine their promised land.

“The Zionist paradigm is founded on the distorted story of the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt and their persecution by the Assyrians and Captivity by Babylonians. But the truth is that the Israelites never set foot in Egypt or Palestine. Actually they never left Ancient Arabia and North Yemen, their origin land, before the Babylonian Captivity”

Mar 25 06:57

City of London’s ownership of American Colonies

The misplaced reverence to the ill formulated U.S Constitution and hidden subjugation back to the City of London is one aspect of history that is not taught in

Mar 24 12:21

HATE CRIME HOAX? Police treating incident as a racial incident.

A street brawl involving a crowd of about 20 drunken youths and two Jewish men ended up in a fierce standoff in the foyer of a Stamford Hill synagogue early Sunday.

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And JUST when Netanyahu needed an incident to push the "Anti-semitism is on the rise" meme!

Mar 24 12:03

Barbados has decided to become a republic

Barbados in 2016, plans to become a republic and abandon a constitutional monarchy headed by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. This was stated by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Island. In a short time this proposal will be put to a vote in the Parliament of Barbados.

Mar 24 10:46

Cameron says he'll step down after second term - go now, and take your rich mates with you

For David Cameron, being prime minister for a third term “might just be too many”. For many ordinary people, having him as prime minister for one term is more than enough.

The arrogant millionaire made his comments while swaggering about in one of his fancy kitchens for the BBC.

Mar 24 07:19

Forced Adoption: UK families flee to Ireland to keep their children

UK families are fleeing to Ireland as social workers continue to use false allegations and vague definitions of abuse to forcibly remove children from their parents and boost adoption statistics. RT's documentary crew spoke to several of those families.

The UK is just one of two countries in Europe (the other is Croatia) where adoption without the consent of a child’s biological parents – known as 'forced adoption' – is practiced.

Mar 24 06:58

Jewish Defence League UK extremists sentenced for assault on Palestine activists

Two thugs affiliated with the Jewish Defence League UK were sentenced Monday to 150 hours of community service each and £1,140 ($1,700) in fines between them.

Roberta Moore and Robert De Jonge assaulted two people at a Palestine literary festival in London in September.

Last month a judge found Moore guilty on two counts of assault, and one count of possession of an offensive weapon. De Jonge was found guilty of assault.

Mar 24 06:31

UK Opposes Return of Russian Business from Offshore

On 19th March, President Vladimir Putin stated in an address at the conference of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, that a plan for the decreased reliance of offshore business could be met with opposition from a number of countries – although they as yet remain nameless. As Izvestia understands, the jurisdictions in question are primarily those under the control of the United Kingdom.

"So this is the situation: there is some, I would say, rather alarming information emerging from some countries suggesting that there may be attempts to prevent capital repayments to Russia. This may be due to the restrictions placed on the usage of such capitals, which are in foreign jurisdictions. But it’s worth bearing in mind." - President Vladimir Putin

Mar 24 06:29

The West's Shame: Boycotting Moscow's 70th Victory Day

There is something so bizarre, so inhumane about Western countries boycotting the parade for the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II that I just had to write on it. Recently, the prime minister of the United Kingdom announced he will not be attending the parade. Previous to that, countries like Germany and the United States had announced the same. It's only a parade you say? No it's more than that.

Mar 23 18:30

The Debate: Bush and Blair War Crimes: Ken O'Keefe

In March 2003, the US and its allies invaded Iraq under the pretext of annihilating weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein had in his arsenals. George W. Bush and Tony Blair, the leaders of the US and Britain, spearheaded the invasion that removed Saddam, the former Iraqi dictator, from power, yet left the country in ruins and claimed more than a million Iraqi lives. In this edition of the Debate, we ask Ken O'Keefe, a peace activist and former US Marine from London, and Lee Kaplan, an investigative journalist from San Francisco to answer when those responsible for the war crimes will be held accountable.

Mar 23 15:52

Southampton University’s win-win conflict with UK Zionists

Gilad Atzmon debunks the lame arguments deployed by Britain’s Jewish lobbyists and stooges in a so far abortive effort to bully Southampton University into cancelling a conference on Israel and international law.

Mar 23 15:37

UK's Police Special Branch let paedophile MP Cyril Smith off the hook seven times

Deceased UK MP Cyril Smith was held and freed seven times by police investigating claims he was a paedophile.

Mar 23 14:02

EMPIRE AND COLONIALISM: RICH MEN IN LONDON STILL DECIDING AFRICA’S FUTURE

Some £600 million in UK aid money courtesy of the taxpayer is helping big business increase its profits in Africa via the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. In return for receiving aid money and corporate investment, African countries have to change their laws, making it easier for corporations to acquire farmland, control seed supplies and export produce.

Mar 23 13:30

A Trail of Blunders and Blood Across the Middle East - How Tony Blair Helped Open the Door for ISIS

Tony Blair stepping down as a Middle East peace envoy after eight years was greeted almost everywhere with a mixture of harsh criticism, derision and relief. He had reportedly long been allocating three days a month to the job and devoting the rest of his time to his business interests.

Mar 23 11:55

Former Met Police Officer: Pedophile ring leads to British Monarchy

A member of the British royal family was part of a pedophile ring under investigation by police until the case was suddenly dropped, an ex-police officer has claimed.

The former Metropolitan Police officer said the investigation, which took place in the late 1980s, was stopped for national security reasons.

Mar 23 11:01

Political influence for sale: The sordid world of illegal donations

Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, and Labour chief Ed Miliband are beset by ‘cash-for-access’ allegations, after it emerged all three men met an undercover business tycoon posing as a possible donor.

Mar 23 11:00

The Southampton University Win/Win Situation

I am thrilled by the Zionist despair surrounding the Southampton University Conference on Israel’s legitimacy. The conference, due to take place next month, plans to examine the legality of Israel in the eye of international law.

British Jews are in state of panic and for good reason. They are facing a lose/lose situation. If the conference goes ahead, it may produce some dry academic papers regarding Israeli criminality; but if the conference is cancelled, it will establish clear evidence of the vindictive nature of the Jewish leadership and its crude interference with academic freedom and the British values of tolerance and diversity.

Mar 23 07:37

Britain evacuates special forces from Yemen over worsening security

Britain has evacuated its last special forces from Yemen because of the deteriorating security situation there, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday, following reports that the US had done the same.

Britain withdrew staff from its embassy in Yemen last month and temporarily suspended operations there over security concerns.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the extraction of special forces had occurred in recent days.

The Ministry of Defence said it never commented on such matters.

Mar 23 07:25

George Osborne’s Budget will threaten workers' retirement funds with 55% stealth tax

Analysts say proposals in Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget will hit not just the rich, but also those on more modest incomes.

Mr Osborne claimed a move to lower the “lifetime allowance” – the maximum that can be saved into a pension pot before a 55 per cent penal tax kicks in – from £1.25million to £1million, would affect “fewer than four per cent” of people. But experts argue that the allowance has now almost halved from £1.8million since 2010 and the tax will hit older savers who have built up their pension pots over many years.

Greg Kingston, of Suffolk Life, part of Legal & General, said: “Even a 21-year-old on the forthcoming higher minimum wage of £6.70 per hour who works a 35-hour week and puts 20 per cent of their earnings into a pension, by the time they are 67, could easily have reached this limit.”

Mar 22 20:43

Three weeks into spring and there's snow on the way! Temperatures to plunge below freezing tonight as 20 flood alerts are issued

Met Office forecaster Kate Brown said: ‘People will wake up to a very chilly morning on Monday with temperatures as low as -1C (30F).

‘The cold nights are set to continue with temperatures at 1C or 2C (33F or 35F). It will start to get warmer by Thursday or Friday night, up to 4C (39F).

Mar 22 16:06

British Foreign demanded from Russia to return the Crimea to Ukraine

Our message is clear Russia - joining the Crimea in March 2014 was illegal, it remains illegal and in March 2015. Russia should return the Crimea to Ukraine, "- said in a statement on the anniversary of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia, which was delivered on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary.

Mar 22 15:36

Top UK MP is linked to child porn stash

A prominent Conservative MP was questioned by police over claims he hid a stash of child pornography for a paedophile.

Mar 22 15:18

5 Real Differences Between Scottish and Crimean Referendums

1. The Scottish referendum wasn’t held after a violent revolution.
2. Euromaidan deposed an elected president, and government, voted for democratically by the people of Crimea.
3. Access to Crimea was free to anyone who wanted to observe the referendum.
4. Any oppression or intimidation came on the side of those who wanted to support Russia, but were not allowed to do so.
5. There were no soldiers or guns at any of the polling stations.

Mar 22 15:02

A Very Kosher Dishonesty

Leaving aside whether we should allow such a man as Anthony Dennison to bully a British artist and academic and a beloved cultural institution, there is another, wider question to be asked: How come a supposedly respectable lobbying organisation like NWFOI is happy to have as a prime representative a man known to be dishonest and also an occasional hooligan? And further, how come the premier Jewish media outlet representing mainstream Jewish opinion in this country has nothing to say on this matter?

Mar 22 11:04

VIP paedophile files: The sick web of high-powered and well-connected child abusers

Since Labour MP Tom Watson stood up in the Commons in October 2012 to ask Prime Minister David Cameron to probe a high-powered ­paedophile ring with links to Number 10, the Sunday People has led the way.

Mar 22 10:58

Exposed: Star Tory candidate plotted with race thugs to stage fake EDL demo in cynical bid to win votes

A key Tory Election candidate was suspended last night after plotting with far-Right extremists to stir up racial hatred in a cynical bid to win votes.

Afzal Amin hatched a scheme to persuade the English Defence League to announce an inflammatory march against a new £18million ‘mega-mosque’. But – as he revealed in secretly filmed footage obtained by The Mail on Sunday – the plan was that the demonstration would never actually go ahead.

And when the phoney rally was called off, the fiercely ambitious Amin, a Muslim, intended to take credit for defusing the situation – winning over voters, and police, in the marginal seat of Dudley North.

Mar 22 10:11

Ex-cop claims a ROYAL was in paedophile ring but inquiry was closed to shield Buckingham Palace from scandal

A royal was in a suspected paedophile ring being investigated by police before an Establishment cover up, it was claimed.

A former Metropolitan Police officer said he was told a member of the Queen’s family and an MP had both been identified as part of a major child abuse inquiry.

But the operation is said to have been shut down by the Crown Prosecution Service for national security reasons.

The claim came as the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner made a fresh appeal for victims of historic child sex abuse to come forward, and vowed: “We’ll go where the evidence takes us.”

Mar 22 04:38

UK university faces row over anti-Israel summit

A quarrel has erupted over a British university holding a summit questioning whether Israel has a legal right to exist under international law, with some saying the conference will be a platform for anti-Semitic views, UK-based newspaper The Sunday Times reported.

The three-day summit, to be held by Southampton University, will bring together figures such as Richard Falk, a Princeton professor and former U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, and Ghada Karmi, an Exeter University research fellow who claims that she and her family were “forced” to leave their home as a result of Israel’s creation in 1948.

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Mar 22 04:26

Israel lobby's attack on academic freedom

For years, Israel lobby groups have slammed the Palestinians' call for a boycott of Israeli universities as an attack on "academic freedom". Now the mask has well and truly slipped.

Next month, the University of Southampton in the UK will hold a conference on Israel and international law to bring together "scholars from law, politics, philosophy, theology, anthropology, cultural studies history and other connected disciplines".

However, in an unashamed attack on free speech, the university has come under increasing pressure to cancel the gathering.

Late last year, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, and the Union of Jewish Students wrote to the head of Southampton's Law School, claiming that the conference would surpass the acceptable".

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Mar 21 21:32

?TalkTalk security breach fuels bogus tech-support scam

Fraudsters are targeting customers of ISP TalkTalk using customer information stolen from the company's systems.

TalkTalk has warned its customers to beware of scammers after an uptick in complaints about fraudsters are posing as the company's own technical support staff in order to trick users into revealing their banking credentials.

Mar 21 18:59

Military Families 'Swept Under The Carpet'

Families of soldiers killed fighting for the British military have said the sacrifice of their loved ones should be acknowledged in the General Election.

A letter sent to the leaders of the main political parties by some 60 families said they had been "swept under the carpet" and asked for five pledges in their election manifestos.

Among their requests is a commitment to hold an Afghan inquiry and to give the next Defence Minister responsibility for bereaved families as part of their portfolio.

The letter also demands a review of the Armed Forces Covenant and military wills.

"We believe this is essential in demonstrating your commitment to those who have been prepared to lay down their lives for the greater good of our country," the letter reads.

Mar 21 13:00

David Cameron and Ed Miliband need to forget spin and give public the truth

Is it me or is the run up to this General Election being ­dominated by negative, lacklustre campaigning and politicians with a mental age of five?
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All the personal insults politicians lob at each other, all the spin and jibes, might be a jolly good jape at Prime ­Minister’s Questions, but tearing clumps out of each other isn’t a strategy to fight an ­election. Nor to get the voters on side.

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Mar 21 09:49

Former British Gas boss criticised for 'lavish' windfalls put in charge of pay at HSBC

A former British Gas boss criticised for his ‘lavish’ windfalls has been put in charge of pay at HSBC, writes Peter Campbell.

Sam Laidlaw, who sits on the bank’s board, received up to £5m a year at energy giant Centrica.

But he is now being put in charge of setting pay levels at the embattled banking giant following a major boardroom reshuffle.

Critics said the decision beggars belief and reinforces images of a ‘cosy club’ of executives who set rewards packages for each other.

Mar 21 09:05

Solar eclipse: huge power surge as disappointed Brits headed indoors for a cup of tea

The event triggered one of the biggest power surges of the decade as up to 10 million viewers headed indoors and tuned in to the phenomenon on Stargazing Live on BBC1.

The 2GW surge was equivalent to 3.2million Brits turning on TVs and kettles at the same time, energy use data showed, double the amount seen following the Andy Murray Wimbledon final in 2013.

National Grid spokeswoman Gilly West said: “Rather than demand pick up after the event as expected, it picked up during the event by 2GW - a significant amount - as people stayed indoors due to the weather.

Mar 21 08:12

Liberal Democrats and Nick Clegg in new party fundraising scandal

The Liberal Democrats have been embroiled in a new fundraising scandal after accepting a second potentially illegal donation that allegedly “bought” a donor access to Nick Clegg.
Lord Strasburger, a senior Lib Dem peer, resigned from the party on Friday night, and the Electoral Commission began an investigation over the allegations.

They are said to centre on a £10,000 donation that was allegedly paid to the party by the “stepfather” of an undercover businessman, which would be against the rules on donations.

Mar 21 08:11

Council accused of anti-Semitism after voting to boycott goods from West Bank

Leicester City Council will no longer use anything produced in the settlements for its public services “until Israel withdraws from Palestinian occupied territories”.

The motion was proposed by Labour councillor Mohammed Dawood who claimed the people of Leicester wanted to show solidarity with the Palestinians. The news was greeted with dismay and horror by the Jewish community.

Mar 21 07:34

Now 'GM-free' Domino's is selling Frankenfood Pizzas: Takeaway chain among number of big names using modified foods

Fast food giant Domino’s is selling ‘Frankenfood’ pizzas to customers while claiming to be ‘GM-free’ on its website.

It has emerged that their ‘thin and crispy’ pizza bases have been made using genetically modified soya bean oil and maize flour since February.

Waitrose has also been selling imported American confectionery which contains GM sugar beet and a soya derivative and Marks & Spencer has been stocking American sauces and cookies containing GM soya and corn – even though the firm has previously boasted about not using GM ingredients.

The double-dealing has been identified by GM Freeze, which is campaigning to raise awareness about how GM foods are creeping into the national diet without the knowledge and approval of consumers.

The group’s director, Liz O’Neill, is now demanding an investigation to see if Domino’s has broken labelling laws – as firms using GM ingredients are required to label their use.

Mar 21 07:31

Revealed - the cost of sacking Clarkson: How BBC could lose up to £67MILLION a year if Top Gear presenter gets the boot

The BBC is set to lose as much as £67million a year if Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is sacked over claims he punched a producer.

The corporation's commercial arm rakes in an estimated £50million a year from selling the rights to Top Gear overseas, with the show watched in 214 countries around the world.

On top of that, BBC Worldwide makes millions more from Top Gear Magazine and live shows in the UK and abroad, as well as sales of DVDs.

Mar 21 07:30

Ukip in meltdown: Farage left 'deeply shocked' after losing THREE Ukip general election candidates in less than 24 hours

Nigel Farage was left reeling today after losing three election candidates in less than 24 hours.

The Ukip leader was left 'deeply shocked' after suspending MEP Janice Atkinson over allegations that her staff had concocted bogus expenses claims.

Hours later the party confirmed a second senior figure, the party's candidate for Scunthorpe Stephen Howd, had been suspended following an 'alleged incident at his workplace'.

The final blow came when the party's candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Jonathan Stanley, sensationally quit claiming he was sick of the 'open racism and bullying' in the party.

Mar 21 07:24

A Very Kosher Dishonesty (must read!!!)

It’s now well known that the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) was pressured by Zionist lobbyists North West Friends of Israel (NWFOI) to cancel a concert by internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon. What is less well known is that the co-chair and spokesperson for NWFOI is one Anthony Dennison (Mr Dennison’s name and role in the organisation may be confirmed here). These machinations by the NWFOI and the leading role played by Mr Dennison were duly reported by the Jewish Chronicle

So far, so… well, if not exactly good, certainly understandable.

Less understandable is the fact (not mentioned by the JC) of Mr Dennison’s documented and well-known dishonesty. Because of his dishonesty, Anthony Dennison, once a lawyer closely associated with the no win, no fee scam was found by the High Court to be unworthy to practice law and was duly struck off

Mar 20 22:37

America’s Dead-End in the Middle East

When empires weaken, they don’t merely withdraw. Rather, they leave behind a trail of broken promises and confusion.

When columnist Thomas L. Friedman suggests the U.S. should arm ISIS – thus joining the Saudi-Israeli regional war on Iran and the Shiites – it seems time to question the sanity of U.S. opinion- and policy-makers. But that is where the muddled U.S. post-9/11 strategy has led, explains Daniel Lazare.

Mar 20 22:31

Cuba – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

On 17 December 2014, President Obama declared that 55 years of embargo didn’t work in bringing ‘freedom’ to Cuba. He proposed reestablishing diplomatic relations with the southern neighbor. An emotion of joy shook the world, especially Latin America. Raul Castro received wires and calls of congratulations. Cubans cheered “we won, we won!” – The US Congress right wing was not quite ready for this initiative and, indeed, there was no concrete mention of how and when the ‘blockade’ would be lifted.

Two days after Obama’s bold initiative, on 19 December 2015, he went to the Washington Press Club to tell a horde of puppet journalists, conservative politicians and onlookers that soft measures, like reestablishing diplomatic relations with Havana might be more successful in bringing the desired regime change to Cuba than more years of isolation. He couldn’t have been more direct and more honest about his intention. The Cuban Government and whoever else listened didn’t miss the point.

Mar 20 22:28

The Iron Law of Oligarchy Returns

The death of Danny Schechter, “the News Dissector,” at age 72 from cancer marks a sad moment for independent journalism. Schechter’s was a strong voice against the empty platitudes and blatant hypocrisies that have come to define modern American media and politics, as he explained in an article last year.

The word “Oligarchy” has finally come home. For years, it was a term only used in connection with those big bad and sleazy Mafioso-type businessmen in Russia. Russia had Oligarchs; we didn’t. That became a big difference between the official narrative of what separated our “land of the free and the home of the brave” from “them” in the post-Soviet period.

Mar 20 17:32

More than 260 charged in online child abuse operation

Of those charged, 47 were employed in positions of trust or voluntary roles with access to children, the NCA said.

Those facing charges include:

16 teachers, school or college staff
Six government workers, including three civil servants
One retired magistrate
One person working in the office of a police and crime commissioner
One former UK Border Agency officer

The charges range from taking indecent images of children to committing sexual offences.

Mar 20 08:21

Tax returns exiting U.K., but don’t expect it in U.S.

As tax season goes into the stretch, think of what life might be like if, well, if there wasn’t one.

What if the “madness” in March conjured only visions of college hoops, not pretax return anxiety? Imagine April 15 being just another day. And H&R Block? Poof.

That’s not likely to happen here, but it’s what the U.K. is shooting for as Britain plans to push forward a new system in which very few, if any, of the isles’ 30 million or so income-tax payers would have to file a complex annual return. In its budget plan recently submitted to Parliament, the nation’s ruling Conservative Party is looking to essentially eliminate tax returns within the next half-decade.

Mar 20 07:41

UK troops start training Ukraine’s army, US confirms own mission

UK military personnel have arrived in Ukraine and are beginning their training mission there, Britain’s Ministry of Defence has announced. Meanwhile the US will send nearly 300 paratroopers to start training the country’s national guard next month.

The deployment of foreign troops has started amid a barely holding cease-fire in the country’s east.

Mar 19 20:17

Kiev Shifts Goalposts as Merkel Skews Wide

Unfortunately, the prognosis is that if Merkel cannot see the glaring truth of the situation by now... then there is not much hope of the chancellor ever coming to a realistic political position on Ukraine...And, grimly, that means the outlook for further conflict is not good.

Kiev President Petro Poroshenko unveiled a new dimension of international sanctions against Russia this week, while being royally entertained by German leaders in Berlin. The oligarch-turned-politician now wants the Western allies of the Kiev regime to boycott the 2018 World Cup Finals to be held in Russia.

Mar 19 19:56

CrossTalk: Recognizing Palestine

Why have Western countries only now decided to vote to recognize the state of Palestine? What will be the outcome? Will a legitimate Palestinian state bring peace to the region? Is an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan a dead end?

CrossTalking with Amir Oren and Norman Finkelstein (author of the new book ‘Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza’).

Mar 19 19:49

Netanyahu’s Victory: Now What President Obama?

Netanyahu's outright rejection of a Palestinian state and his promise to go on building more and more illegal settlements leave Obama without any wriggle room.

“Love him (Netanyahu) or hate him, this is the face of Israel.” That’s how Uriel Heilman concluded an article for the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) on Netanyahu’s election victory after noting that he had shown his true colours by declaring that there would be no Palestinian state while he is in charge. What President Obama now has to decide is whether or not he will allow Netanyahu to remain in charge of American policy for Israel-Palestine.

Mar 19 19:46

Netanyahu Unmasks Israel

With the facades gone, Americans must decide if they will embrace this apartheid system or not...

Desperate to win reelection, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stripped off Israel’s mask and exposed the ugliness that has deformed his country over the past several decades.He abandoned the subterfuge of a two-state solution, exposed the crass racism that underlies Israeli politics, and revealed Israel’s blatant control of the U.S. Congress.

For years, U.S. politicians have rejected allegations of Israeli racism and excused mistreatment of the Palestinians as a temporary necessity that would be fixed by a two-state solution. But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has destroyed those arguments in his panic to keep his job, reports Robert Parry.

Mar 19 19:40

Obama and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

One searches in vain for any detailed and highly competent writings or speeches on foreign policy, given by Obama, that go beyond idealistic platitudes, ever how souring the rhetoric.

Do not expect any significant progress engendered by the Obama administration for the rest of his term.

If there is to be any change in the configuration between the Palestinians and the Israelis, it will emanate from the International Court of Justice.

Mar 19 16:42

UK data watchdog: Citizens are stressed out over data privacy

Some 85 percent of the population have worries about how their data is used and shared, says the ICO, and 77 percent have doubts about how organisations are keeping their personal details secure (PDF).

Mar 19 07:22

UK Government can legally hack you even if you're not under suspicion

The British Government has admitted its intelligence services have the broad power to hack into personal phones, computers, and communications networks, and claims they are legally justified to hack anyone, anywhere in the world, even if the target is not a threat to national security nor suspected of any crime.

Mar 19 06:50

‘Blair’s war on Iraq radicalized young Muslims in UK’ says John Prescott

Throwing Tony Blair under the bus this week (see full story below) may bolster Prescott’s own legacy somewhat, but the legacy of Iraq will still continue its eternal downward spiral.

In 2013, he granted an exclusive interview with RT where he submitted a full mea culpa with regards to his own role in the 2003 bombing, invasion and occupation of Iraq:

“Saddam was an evil man, there’s no doubt about that, but we’re not the believer in regime change. You can’t just go into another country and decide: ‘I don’t like its leader’”, he said.

Mar 18 18:43

Budget pledges funds for digital cash research

UK research into digital cash could get a £10m boost from government.

The plan to funnel cash into the "opportunities and challenges" of digital currencies such as bitcoin were announced in the budget.

Mar 18 14:43

GCHQ empowered to hack any device anywhere without terrorist, criminal threat – UK court doc

The government has admitted to possessing far-reaching hacking powers to break into computers, phones and communications networks anywhere across the globe in the absence of national security and criminal threats, a court document reveals.

The startling revelation surfaced after civil rights group Privacy International (PI) filed a legal challenge in 2014 questioning the hacking powers of UK government intelligence agency GCHQ.

The legal challenge sought to examine allegations relating to “state-sponsored hacking” uncovered by ex-NSA computer analyst and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Mar 18 13:41

UK - Claims police protected high-profile figures by covering up child sex abuse

The police watchdog in the UK is to investigate claims that the Metropolitan Police Service covered up sex offences over four decades to protect high-profile figures.

Mar 18 10:48

Is UK set for deflation? Bank of England warns that pound could send inflation even lower this year

Bank of England policymakers have warned there are risks that sterling could strengthen further against the euro and leave inflation below target for longer.

Minutes from this month's monetary policy committee meeting revealed that policymakers again voted 9-0 in favour of keeping interest rates at a record low of 0.5 per cent for the 72nd consecutive meeting in March.

The very weak short-term outlook for inflation was cited as the reason for keeping rates so low, despite surveys in recent months showing that the UK economy is returning to full strength. Inflation fell to record low of 0.3 per cent in February and the Bank has already warned it could go lower and possibly into negative territory.

Mar 18 09:35

Media silence over Harmondsworth hunger strike reflects failure of UK govt policy

Hunger strikes taking place among detainees at a notorious immigration detention centre in protest at the conditions they are forced to live in have reportedly spread to a second site - with barely any mainstream media coverage.

Many feel the lack of coverage is partly due to the government wanting to keep the lid on a potential scandal in the run up to the election.With the battleground for the election indeed being fought around immigration, it’s likely that questions about the treatment of those detained by the Home Office could undermine the Conservative-led government's bid to secure a majority.

Hundreds of inmates at Harmondsworth detention facility are said to have taken part in the protest, and on Tuesday RT’s sources suggested that hunger strikes had also spread to a second detention facility.

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