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Oct 31 16:59

The men who gave their today for our tomorrow

THE glorious sea of scarlet surrounding the Tower of London is now reaching its zenith.

After Armistice Day on November 11 the nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies planted in the Tower’s moat, each representing a British soldier killed in the First World War, will be removed and dispatched to those who have bought them for £25 each, raising £11million for armed service charities.

The artwork has attracted around four million visitors so far.

It’s a breathtaking sight which has moved many, including the Duchess of Cambridge, to tears.

I think most people who’ve seen it, whether in reality or on TV, would agree that it is the most moving Remembrance tribute we have witnessed.

Oct 31 16:56

Celebrity Pumpkin Carvings

Artist Alex Wer carves amazingly intricate versions of famous faces into pumpkins, unveiled just in time for Halloween. He has capture some of the year's hottest celebrities on halloween pumpkins, such as Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock.

Oct 31 16:49

Britain Welcomes Warmest Halloween On Record

Britons lounge on deck chairs, sunbathe at beaches and take a dip in outdoor pools as the country basks in unseasonable weather.

Britain has experienced its warmest Halloween on record, with temperatures passing 23 degrees early in the afternoon.

But at 1.15pm the Met Office announced that the temperature in Gravesend, Kent, had soared to 23.5C (74.3F).

Oct 31 16:42

Fiona Woolf resigns as chair of government’s child abuse inquiry

The government’s child sex abuse inquiry was thrown into crisis after Fiona Woolf became the second senior legal figure to quit as chair over her links to the Westminster political establishment.

**FYI, the Home Office rewrote her application 7 times... when did you last have your potential employer rewriting your CV.

Oct 31 15:32

Another One Bites the Dust

Fiona Woolf, who was appointed to lead the British parliamentary paedophile inquiry has been forced to resign

just 3 months after her predecessor did, and for the same reason:

her close connections to suspected child abusers.

Oct 31 14:48

7/7 London bombings and Woolwich beheading have some things in common

You see, 7/7 has an awful lot in common with the Woolwich drama and not just because they were both government orchestrated false flag operations either.

For instance, Detective Inspector Peter Sparks of the wholly corrupt Metropolitan Police Force was allowed to have his hearsay evidence admitted as fact at the 7/7 public hearings. See HERE

And of course, Sparks was also the family liaison officer to Rebbeca Rigby – a woman whom I firmly believe posed in photos as Samantha Lewthwaite, the most improbable “most wanted” female terrorist in the world today and widow of alleged 7/7 bomber Germaine Lindsey, whom I also believe played Michael Adebowale in the Woolwich hoax. See HERE

Oct 31 13:23

Ukrainians and Novorussians sit down and talk

Something fantastically interesting has happened in Novorussia: two senior Novorussian commanders, Igor Bezler and Alexei Mozgovoi have attempted to communicate with those Ukrainians who are on the other side.

Clearly, both Bezler and Mozgovoi are first and foremost anti-Nazis and both of them see that there is not “Novorussian solution”. Mozgovoi explicitly stated that he thinks that both sides could live together if the Ukrainians got rid of their Nazis and oligarchs.

I see that there is hope because the bottom line is this: both sides have much more in common than what separates them!

Oct 31 13:17

The Dirty Dozen MPs who prolong the Palestinians’ misery…

Where is their ‘common humanity’?

Jonathan Simon Djanogly is a British politician, solicitor and Conservative Member of Parliament for Huntingdon

Mr Djanogly was parachuted from London into the ultra-safe Conservative seat vacated by John Major. He has enjoyed a very soft ride so far. But by voting the way he did, he effectively condemns more Palestinian children to die in their parents’ endless struggle for freedom and creates the distinct impression that he is not in tune with British values of decency and compassion.

In the local newspaper where I used to live somebody wrote in demanding to know why local MP Jonathan Djanogly was one of the 12 who voted to deny Palestinians their statehood and right to self-determination in the recent House of Commons debate.

Oct 31 13:07

Absent from the War against the Islamic State: Israel’s Status as an American Ally and the Example It Provides for U.S. Foreign Policy

The fact of the matter is that the Islamic State actually benefits Israel by causing problems for those very states that do actively oppose Israel and support the Palestinians, such as Syria. What the Islamic State is causing in the Middle East is perfectly attuned with the view of the Israeli Right—as best articulated by Oded Yinon in 1982—which sought to have Israel’s Middle Eastern enemies fragmented and fighting among themselves in order to weaken the external threat to Israel. Currently, these divisions are not only plaguing Syria and Iraq, but also Turkey, where ethnic Kurds are rioting because of the government’s unwillingness to help their brethren in Syria, and Lebanon, where the Shiite group Hezbollah—allied with Iran, Israel’s foremost enemy—is being assailed by the radical jihadist Nusra Front, which has the support of many Lebanese Sunnis.

Oct 31 11:30

Fiona Woolf Faces Fresh Scrutiny Over Re-Written Letter Playing Down Links To Lord Brittan Ahead Of Inquiry Into Child Abuse

Fiona Woolf faced fresh pressure about her role at head of a Government inquiry into child abuse after the chairman of an influential group of MPs said her attempt to detail her contact with former home secretary Lord Brittan tried to play down her links with the former cabinet minister and his wife.

Oct 30 14:02

Afghan retreat echoes of Vietnam defeat

The “exceptional” Americans in Washington like to refer to their foreign interventions as “nation building.” Like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, among dozens of other unfortunate countries to have hosted American “nation builders” over the past century, the people of these wretched lands have experienced Washington’s reverse Midas Touch. Far from turning to gold, everything Washington touches brings death and destruction.

It didn’t quite garner the same media highlight, but nevertheless there was the unmistakable comparison this week between the evacuation of American troops from southern Afghanistan and the Fall of Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1975.

Oct 30 13:35

Jonathan Djanogly, example of UK's Israel stooges

Stuart Littlewood examines the behaviour of an Israel flag waver in the UK parliament, Jonathan Djanogly, one of the “dirty dozen” lawmakers who voted against recognising Palestine as an independent state.

Oct 30 11:57

Libyan torture victim wins right to sue British government in open court

A Libyan exile, who was allegedly tortured with the complicity of the British intelligence services, has won the right to have his case heard in open court, despite government attempts to prevent the case being heard in public.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj, and his wife Fatima Bouchar, accuse the British government of allowing the regime of former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi to torture them in 2004, with MI6 and former Labour Foreign Secretary Jack Straw complicit in US-led rendition programs.

Oct 30 10:04

Payday loan brokers help themselves to UK savers’ accounts, customers outraged

Brokers linked to payday loan companies may be raiding the bank accounts of over 1 million Britons, with many being the poorest in society, the UK’s biggest banks have warned.

Natwest, one of the largest retail banking chains in Britain, said it was “inundated” with complaints from customers.

Victims claimed that brokerages, offering deals on payday loans – short term loans with very high fixed rates of interest – are extracting sums of £50 to £70 from savings accounts without informing customers first.

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Oct 30 09:19

The Russians are coming! UK media hypes up RAF interception of Latvian plane

Two Royal Air Force jets reportedly threatened to shoot down a Latvian cargo plane, rushing at supersonic speeds to intercept it, after the plane failed to respond to air traffic control over Kent in Southern England and sent authorities into panic mode.

“I am instructed by Her Majesty’s Government of the United Kingdom to warn you that, if you do not respond immediately to my orders, you will be shot down,” radioed one of the jets, according to an audio recording circulating in UK media.

The incident occurred at about 5pm local time after the Latvian Antonov An-26 aircraft failed to make contact with air traffic controllers.

Oct 30 06:10

Report says child sexual exploitation ‘normal in parts of Greater Manchester’

Sexual exploitation of vulnerable children has become the social norm in some parts of Greater Manchester, fuelled by explicit music videos and quasi-pornographic selfies, an MP has warned.

The systematic grooming of boys and girls remains a “real and ongoing problem”, a year after Greater Manchester police (GMP) was forced to admit it had failed abuse victims in Rochdale, said Ann Coffey, a former social worker who is now the Labour MP for Stockport. “My observations will make painful reading for those who hoped that Rochdale was an isolated case,” she writes in a significant report.

Oct 29 15:20

RT launches dedicated UK news channel – RT UK

Global news network RT is set to launch a dedicated British news channel on Thursday. The new station, RT UK, will challenge dominant power structures in Britain by broadcasting live and original programming with a progressive UK focus.

RT UK will be available to more than 90 percent of UK households via Freeview (Channel 135), Sky (Channel 512) and Free Sat (Channel 206).

Oct 29 15:06

Britain is a MIGRANT MAGNET: Immigrants are 'prepared to die' for UK benefits, says mayor

THOUSANDS of illegal immigrants camped out in Calais hoping to reach the UK are "prepared to die", the mayor of the French town has said.

Natacha Bouchart said the UK's "much more favourable" benefits system was one of the main reasons people want to cross the Channel.

The 51-year-old told the Home Affairs Select Committee that some 2,500 illegal immigrants are in the town, with many willing to risk their lives to reach the UK.

She said: "You have a much more favourable regime in Britain than in other European countries.

"The weekly benefits of £36 that are given to asylum seekers or migrants, which is a huge amount for people who have nothing in their lives."

Oct 29 12:47

US beginning to ‘disengage’ from Israel: Analyst

A combination of factors is pushing the United States to “disengage” from Israel, a regime that will not last a month without US support, says an analyst.

“Times are changing for Israel, they spend a lot of money to manipulate public opinion, all of Hollywood and mass media is Jewish-controlled (and) Zionist-controlled, and people realize the lies that are being told to them on their Nightly News on a daily basis,” he said.

“But the American people can see through this. The American people, particularly at university level, are smart (and) well-educated and they have this implicit sense of fairness,” he added.
“All of this combined” Harris said, “is adding up to what is going to be a perfect storm for Israel where the people of the US are going to reject Israel, and that is the process that we are beginning to see the early stages of.”

Oct 29 12:06

Iraq divided: The fight against ISIL

As the US strikes ISIL targets in Iraq, we report from Erbil on the consequences of the latest foreign intervention.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) today controls as much as one-third of Iraq’s territory, including the second largest city, Mosul.

Although the group’s power and influence expanded in Syria, Iraq is where it was born during the nearly nine-year-long US occupation of the country.
Thus far, tens of thousands of people have had to flee their homes as ISIL captures towns and villages.

ISIL-held territory is tightly controlled, off-limits to even journalists and human rights workers.

As the US steps up its air campaign against the group, Fault Lines travels some 900km across Iraq to look at the consequences of the fight against ISIL.

Oct 29 12:03

Whitlam and Australia’s forgotten coup

John Pilger marks the death of former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam with the one story missing from the ‘tributes’ to a man whose extraordinary political demise is one of America’s dirtiest secrets.

Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements are recognized, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him.

Oct 29 12:00

Is Latin America’s ‘Pink Tide’ Ebbing?

Many in Official Washington still consider Latin America their “backyard,” a place where U.S. interests rule and where leftist and reformist governments have historically faced “regime change” tactics. But the region has finally broken from U.S. control and isn’t ready to go back, reports Andrés Cala.

Oct 29 11:58

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Life News television and Izvestia daily

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:

“Ukraine needs a government that will think how the nation should regain unity. It needs a government to guarantee an equal status to all Ukrainian citizens irrespective of the language they speak and political convictions they have.”– Sergey Lavrov

Question: Ukraine has just held parliamentary elections. Does Moscow recognize them?

Sergey Lavrov: The elections are being monitored by observers, including OSCE observers, and there are Russian representatives among them. This time, Russia’s Federal Assembly did not send a separate observer team to the elections, so we will wait for the conclusions of the international OSCE team.

Oct 29 11:54

CIA Mouthpiece Lets Slip On Russian ‘Aggression’

For months now, Western mass media have been in lockstep with the US State Department and the NATO military alliance, promulgating claims of Russian aggression in Ukraine and towards Europe generally. The mantra-like repetition of these claims, with scant substantiation, resembles the Big Lie technique of Third Reich master propagandist Josef Goebbels. Told often and brazenly enough, the claims acquire normalcy as «accepted facts».

Western news media, from the BBC to the New York Times, uncritically peddle NATO and Washington claims that Moscow has «annexed» Crimea and infiltrated troops into eastern Ukraine to destabilize the pro-Western «government» in Kiev. Last month at the NATO summit in Wales, outgoing secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen asserted: «So we continue to call on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukrainian borders, [and] to stop the flow of weapons and fighters into Ukraine».

Oct 29 09:06

'British Schindler' aged 105, who saved 669 children from the Nazi's, awarded White Lion honour in Prague today.

A British man who saved 669 children, most of them Jews, from the Nazis has been awarded the Czech Republic's highest state honour.
Sir Nicholas Winton was 29 when he arranged trains to take the children out of occupied Czechoslovakia and for foster families to meet them in London.
The 105-year-old was given the Order of the White Lion by the Czech president during a ceremony at Prague Castle.

Oct 28 15:18

EU funding row sparks huge surge in UKIP support – poll

Support for Britain’s anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) has reached a record high following Brussels’ recent effort to levy a mammoth £1.7 billion extra charge on Britain, a new poll reveals.

The results of The Independent’s ComRes survey, published on Tuesday, are a welcome development for Nigel Farage’s Eurosceptic party, which is aiming to secure its second seat in the House of Commons in November.

UKIP is also hopeful its first ever Police and Crime Commissioner will be elected later this week.

Oct 28 14:39

Mark Duggan officer is accused of ‘misconduct’

A police officer from the anti-gang Operation Trident, who was involved in the events leading to Mark Duggan’s shooting, is being investigated for alleged misconduct.

The officer, only known as ZZ46, is the first from Trident’s Operation Dibri, which targeted specific gangs, to be served with a formal disciplinary notice.

Oct 28 14:37

The Special Interest Problem

Like those with a strong addiction, these politicians seem unable to free themselves from the monkey on their back.

If the politician defies the lobby making the offer (a rare event but not unheard of), that special interest will throw its support to the defiant politician’s electoral opponent. The result is that most politicians are in lockstep with the demands of multiple powerful special interests.

If there is a way out of this dilemma it must come from the general public. The long-standing dissatisfaction with politicians, especially on the national level, must be channeled into a popular campaign to free the legislators and policy makers from the influence of narrow interests.

Oct 28 13:41

London protest over deaths in police custody

Some 300 people attended the annual United Families and Friends’ march and vigil in London last Saturday.

The procession from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street included families and supporters of those who have died at the hands of the state.

Marcia Rigg is the sister of Sean Rigg, who died in police custody in Brixton, south London, in 2008.

Oct 28 06:44

Lloyds Bank cuts 9,000 jobs and shuts 200 branches as profits leap

Lloyds has announced 9,000 job cuts and the closure of 200 branches as the taxpayer-backed bank looks to cut costs and invest in digital technology.

The company announced the move on Tuesday morning as it unveiled a 35pc rise in underlying profits, which have hit £6bn in the year to date. Meanwhile, it took another £900m in PPI charges.

Oct 28 06:43

Middle class families in UK suffered six ‘lost years’ because of recession

Middle class families in the UK saw their finances set back six years during the recession, worse than their counterparts in Romania, Bulgaria or Slovenia, a new international study shows.

Median incomes for families with children in the UK in 2012 fell back to levels not seen experienced 2006, exposing the impact of the downturn on working households.

Families in Greece, which suffered some of the worst effects of the financial crisis and its aftermath, were by far the hardest hit, with 14 “lost years” of progress.

Oct 28 06:36

Blackout Britain: UK faces power outages if winter is long and cold, warns National Grid

The margin between the amount of electricity generated and peak demand is expected to be just 4.1 per cent - the smallest gap in seven years.

Bad weather of the kind seen once every 20 years could see the margin narrow to just 2.8 per cent, the report found, resulting in the grid failing to meet its "basic reserve requirement" of spare capacity needed to run the system.

If this happened, the grid would be forced to adopt contingencies such as paying factories to shut down and supplying reserves from mothballed power stations.

Oct 28 06:32

UK axes support for Mediterranean migrant rescue operation

Britain will not support any future search and rescue operations to prevent migrants and refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, claiming they simply encourage more people to attempt the dangerous sea crossing, Foreign Office ministers have quietly announced.

Refugee and human rights organisations reacted with anger to the official British refusal to support a sustained European search and rescue operation to prevent further mass migrant drownings, saying it would contribute to more people dying needlessly on Europe’s doorstep.

Oct 27 15:49

Food poverty is a British problem

There are 13 million people living below the poverty line in Britain. In Manchester, one of the country’s fastest-growing cities, 38 per cent of children live in poverty. And the situation is only getting worse, as the last few years have seen extreme changes to welfare support, wage increases below the rate of inflation, and food prices steadily rising.

Oct 27 12:18

Re-elected Dilma wins in a Brazil broken in two

And the loser is…neoliberalism

As for Washington/Wall Street, the Empire of Chaos is certainly not happy – and that’s a major euphemism, especially after betting on the wrong horse, Marina Silva, a sort of Amazon rainforest-born female counterpart to Obama’s “change we can believe in.” The fact is, as much as the Brazilian model of income distribution is against the interests of big business, Brazilian foreign policy is now diametrically opposed to Washington’s.

Oct 27 12:07

Thanks for Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan

Thank You for Your Valor, Thank You for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You… Still on the Thank-You Tour-of-Duty Circuit, 13 Years Later

Though I couldn’t quite say why, that Concert for Valor ad felt tired and sad, despite the images of Rihanna singing full-throated into a gold microphone and James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica wailing away on their guitars. I had gotten my own share of “thanks” from civilians when I was still a U.S. Army Ranger. Who hadn’t? It had been the endless theme of the post-9/11 era, how thankful other Americans were that we would do… well, what exactly, for them? And here it was again. I couldn’t help wondering: Would veterans somewhere actually feel the gratitude that Starbucks and HBO hoped to convey?

Oct 27 08:32

A disabled 12 year-old girl in the UK has been 'allowed to die' after a court case fought by her parents made legal history

When Nancy Fitzmaurice was born blind and suffering from hydrocphalus, meningitis and septicaemia the outcome for her was a life in which she would be unable to talk, walk, eat or even drink.
That life was to be spent at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital where she would receive round-the-clock care, while being fed, watered and medicated through a tube. Not a quality of life that any parent dreams of for their child.

Oct 27 08:26

Twilight Britain: A looming energy crisis this winter could force power giants to dim the lights in so-called 'brown outs' - with devastating results

Although brown-outs are a regular occurrence in the U.S., where electrical infrastructure is creaking, they are almost unheard of in this country. Indeed, the term itself will be unfamiliar to many.

However, this winter it is highly likely that we shall come to know the term all too well. Brown-outs are set to become a frequent and unwelcome feature of our lives.

Although brown-outs may seem innocuous at first, they are in fact potentially extremely damaging to electronic equipment such as computers, set-top boxes, wireless routers and even many digital clocks found on household appliances such as ovens.

What makes things more worrying is that the brown-outs, if they do happen, will be deliberately brought about by the National Grid.

Oct 27 08:14

Father told he had to get back to work or lose his benefits while he was still in hospital waiting for quadruple bypass just days after he suffered heart attack

A father who was left 'moments from death' by a major heart attack was told he had to return to work or lose his benefits while he lay in hospital waiting for quadruple bypass surgery.

Colin Rogers, 58, was hooked up to heart monitors when he received a phone call telling him he was expected to continue a government work programme.

Oct 26 16:12

MI5 spied on prominent academics ‘for decades’, secret documents show

British intelligence services, including MI5, secretly spied on a number of prominent academics with socialist leanings “for decades,” including Oxbridge dons Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawm, secret files disclosed on Friday show.

Oct 26 16:06

Which UK Conservative is telling the truth on immigration?

Two UK Conservative MPs telling very different stories when it comes to immigration. Which is telling the truth, Michael Fallon or Elizabeth Truss?

Oct 26 15:24

Child abuse inquiry: Why can’t we find somebody fit to investigate the Establishment?

This investigation into child abuse has already been a marvellous success, before they’ve even agreed who’s going to conduct the thing. Because Fiona Woolf, the woman appointed to investigate the conduct of Establishment figures independently, including Leon Brittan, turns out to have had a number of dinners… with Leon Brittan.

Oct 26 14:35

Treating Putin Like a Lunatic when He makes Sense

Official Washington treats whatever comes out of Russian President Putin’s mouth as the ravings of a lunatic, even when what he says is obviously true or otherwise makes sense, as the New York Times has demonstrated again.

Rationality and realism seem to have lost any place in the workings of the mainstream U.S. news media.

When reading the New York Times on many foreign policy issues, it doesn’t take a savant to figure out what the newspaper’s bias is. Anything, for instance, relating to Russian President Vladimir Putin drips of contempt and hostility.

Oct 26 14:22

US lawlessness fuels global insecurity

In an insightful geopolitical speech this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the US of instigating global instability and insecurity.

All in all, President Putin is right. The world has become a fearful, nervous place seemingly on a hair-trigger for over-reaction and irrational panic. This state of insecurity has, as Putin says, been brought on by years of lawless conduct by the US and its Western allies. The criminal wars of Iraq and Afghanistan – with millions of innocent victims – have multiplied and mutated into more and more illegal interventions and malignancies, such as the extremist ISIL network that is destabilizing Syria and the wider Middle East region.

Oct 26 10:42

Steel plants and car makers fear National Grid's plans to keep lights on this winter may force them to cut use of electricity

On Tuesday, National Grid will announce its estimate of how much reserve power capacity the UK will have over the coming winter.

Earlier this year, energy regulator Ofgem estimated peak demand this winter to be about 54.5 gigawatts, with a safety margin of up to 10 per cent on top.

But three power station fires and problems with nuclear reactors have led to fears that capacity margins will be squeezed and even that consumers will experience ‘brown-outs’, when lights fade as power is restricted.

Oct 26 09:52

Met conducted 38 press leak investigations in five years – RIPA used in ‘vast majority’, says source

The Metropolitan Police investigated 38 press leaks over a five-year period – and according to one well-placed source the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act would have been used to seize phone records in the “vast majority” of cases.

Oct 26 09:46

MI5 spied on prominent academics ‘for decades’, secret docs show

British intelligence services, including MI5, secretly spied on a number of prominent academics with socialist leanings “for decades,” including Oxbridge dons Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawm, secret files disclosed on Friday show.

The historians were among a number academics at the UK’s top universities who were placed under rigorous surveillance by the security services after officers became concerned about their supposed ‘communist’ leanings.

Oct 26 09:06

Registered gun owners in the United Kingdom are now subject to unannounced visits to their homes under new guidance that allows police to inspect firearms storage without a warrant

Registered gun owners in the United Kingdom are now subject to unannounced visits to their homes under new guidance that allows police to inspect firearms storage without a warrant.

Oct 26 08:44

How Social Media Reacted To The Queen's First Tweet

The news media were exultant and instantly went to Social Media for their reaction... Unfortunately for The BBC, they live broadcast a less-than-BBC-esque remark from one @WolfgangDikface...

Oct 26 07:17

Low paid workers now top five million

The number of people in low-paid jobs in the UK has topped five million.

Research from think-tank the Resolution Foundation revealed that more people than ever before were earning less than two thirds of the median (the higher half of a sample) of £7.69 an hour – an increase of 250,000 last year.

The 5.2million workers earning low wages presents a problem for the government, which receives less in tax and pays out in benefits to supplement family incomes.

Oct 26 03:55

British pensioner poverty among worst in the EU

BRITAIN's pensioners are some of the worst off in the EU and are at a greater risk of falling into poverty than those in Eastern Europe.

Some 15 countries come ahead of the UK when it comes to levels of poverty in the over-65s, according to a new report by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK).

The UK is performing worse than countries like Romania, Poland and Latvia, despite being the second richest in the Union.

A failing state pension system and low employment later in life has left 1.7million OAPs living below the breadline, experts say.

Some 16.1 per cent of British pensioners live in relative poverty, while Romania has just 15.4 per cent and Latvia has 13.9 per cent.

Germany, Austria, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Ireland, France, Norway, Slovakia, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Netherlands are all performing better than the UK.

Oct 26 03:54

As the Union Flag is lowered at Camp Bastion…Britain's war in Afghanistan finally ends

BRITAIN'S 13-year war in Afghanistan officially ended this morning, as the Union Flag was symbolically lowered in the country.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "It is with pride that we announce the end of UK combat operations in Helmand having given Afghanistan the best possible chance of a stable future."

Oct 26 03:50

Nearly a third of voters prepared to support Ukip

The phenomenal rise in support for Ukip is underlined by a new Opinium/Observer poll which shows almost one-third of voters would be prepared to back Nigel Farage’s party if they believed it could win in their own constituency.

While the survey, which puts the Conservatives and Labour neck-and-neck on 33%, shows a substantial boost for the Tories (up five points on a fortnight ago), the rise of Ukip will be deeply alarming to the main parties.

Oct 25 22:44

Russell Brand exposes 9/11 in must watch BBC interview

Brand exposes corrupt governments, corporations, media and even delving into 9/11 WTC B7 being a controlled demolition which he writes about in his book, in his second appearance on BBC's Newsnight program.

Love him or hate him, this Russell Brand interview on the BBC‘s Newsnight program is absolutely brilliant and sure to wake up some folks watching on the TV at home.

Oct 25 19:04

Meltdown at Heathrow: Flights take off with NO luggage, passengers left stranded on the runway for hours and departure boards fail to update after major computer crash disables airport's baggage system

A major computer crash caused chaos at Heathrow last night - disabling the airport's baggage system and leaving planes unable to park at their respective gates to unload.

Hundreds of passengers sat stranded on the tarmac for hours with departing flights also being prevented from leaving the London airport.

A Heathrow spokesman acknowledged the IT glitch but insisted it did not lead to any delays and that pilots had misinformed any passengers who thought otherwise.

The systems failure also led to angry scenes inside terminals - and astonishingly many BA flights took off without passengers' luggage to relieve pressure on the airport.

Oct 25 18:57

The Coventry Blitz 'conspiracy'

It's 70 years since Germany launched one of the most devastating bombing raids of World War II, on Coventry. But did Winston Churchill have prior warning of the attack?

It has been claimed in a number of books that the wartime prime minister knew that the city was to be targeted by the German Luftwaffe, but chose to do nothing because it would have alerted Adolf Hitler to the fact the Allies had recently cracked the Nazis' top-secret Enigma codes.

Coventry and its people were sacrificed, the theory goes, "for the greater good" - that is, that the benefits of playing the long game outweighed the short-term costs of leaving the West Midlands city to a terrible fate.

It's not just historians who have written about the so-called Coventry conspiracy, though - it's a theory which lives on to this day.

Oct 25 16:47

MI5 spied on prominent academics ‘for decades’, secret docs show

British intelligence services, including MI5, secretly spied on a number of prominent academics with socialist leanings “for decades,” including Oxbridge dons Christopher Hill and Eric Hobsbawm, secret files disclosed on Friday show.

The historians were among a number academics at the UK’s top universities who were placed under rigorous surveillance by the security services after officers became concerned about their supposed ‘communist’ leanings.

Oct 25 11:23

JFK: THE ZIONIST MANIFOLD COVER-UP

To discover the deepest truth of the JFK assassination, one has to tear up not one, but many lies stacked on top of each other. Pealing off the government lie is just the beginning. Just like in the case of 9/11, the mainstream “JFK truth movement” is really a cloud of partial truths meant to hide the core truth (the Zionist coup).

The hijacked plot theory is fully consistent with the profiles of the two main known actors in the drama: Lee Harvey Oswald, the patsy falsely accused of killing the President, and Jack Ruby, the man who killed the patsy and thereby closed the case.

Oct 25 07:09

Suspicious Death of Journalist Serena Shim: Hypocritical Western Media Remains Silent

The suspicious death of US-born journalist Serena Shim, and the deafening silence on the story in the US, is merely the latest example of the blatant double standard employed by the Western media.

Shim, a 29 year old American journalist of Lebanese descent, had been covering the ongoing war in Syria, specifically the current battle between ISIS militants and Kurdish forces near the Syrian town of Kobani, from the Turkish-Syrian border. Shim was traveling in a rental car back to her hotel after reporting from the Turkish town of Suruc near the Syrian border, when the car was allegedly struck by a heavy vehicle, killing Shim.

Oct 25 07:03

Kiev Elections Can’t Sanitise State of Mob Rule

In the paraphrased words of Abraham Lincoln, no electoral process can sanitize the glaring fact of Kiev’s rule of the mob, by the mob, for the mob.

The Kiev regime’s parliamentary elections this weekend are set to go ahead amid an atmosphere of rampant political street violence and intimidation – and that’s not in the war-torn eastern part of Ukraine. Poroshenko denies the bitter reality of violence that has engulfed all of Ukraine under the Western-sponsored regime change operation in his country.

The parliamentary elections were called in June by the then elected President Petro Poroshenko as a way of legitimizing the illegal coup against the Ukrainian government that occurred four months previously with the support of the American Central Intelligence Agency.

Political parties that might have been considered in alliance because of their support for the coup against the Ukrainian government in February are now being caught up in an anarchic state of hoodlum vendettas.

Oct 25 02:48

Britain closer to quitting EU

FURIOUS David Cameron last night conceded that Britain had been pushed closer to a European Union exit after receiving an eye-watering £1.7billion Brussels bill.

Red-faced with anger, the Prime Minister vowed to block payment of the “completely unacceptable” surcharge presented by EU officials in a surprise overhaul of national contributions.

“It is not acceptable, it is an appalling way to behave,” Mr Cameron said.

Calls for the UK to withdraw from the EU intensified yesterday following the cash demand, which will cost every family in the country £65.

And he admitted the latest insult to UK taxpayers - with the bill due to be paid by December 1st - was undermining his drive to keep Britain in the EU.

Oct 24 18:17

Pro-fracking Tory MP rejects drilling in his own backyard

Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, says he is 'very unlikely' to support fracking in his own constituency

Imagine my shock.

Oct 24 14:42

UK's GPs to be paid £55 for each dementia diagnosis

Family doctors in England are to be paid £55 for each patient they diagnose with dementia, NHS bosses say.

Oct 24 11:51

Cold War II: Interview with Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council

“The sobering up of the Ukrainians will be harsh and painful” -- Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council.

In an interview for Rossiyskaya Gazeta the secretary of the Russian Security Council explained how Russian analysts were predicting the development of the situation in Ukraine a year ago. And he also gave an assessment of the role of the United States and NATO in the events in eastern Ukraine, explained why these events are a continuation of Zbigniew Brzezinski’s plan for the disintegration of the USSR and Russia, and assessed prospects for the development of the multipolar world and the possibility of a future struggle for hydrocarbon resources.

Oct 24 10:34

Thousands of people with degenerative conditions such as MS and Parkinson’s are being deemed ‘able to work soon’ by DWP assessments that are as cruel as they are incompetent

Iain Duncan Smith is Jesus Christ. For anyone who missed the Second Coming, it happened at around mid-morning on Thursday when it became apparent that the secretary of state for work and pensions has started to cure the disabled and chronically sick.

I mean, he hasn’t actually cured anyone yet. But I assume it’s only a matter of time, because thousands of severely ill and disabled people have had their benefits cut since the DWP deemed that they would “recover” from their degenerative conditions in order to go to work. Recover, that is, from a condition that by its very definition is bound to get worse.

Oct 24 10:29

David Cameron: Britain will not pay extra £1.7bn for EU budget Visibly furious Prime Minister hits out at 'surprise' £1.7billion EU bill

David Cameron has said Britain will refuse to pay a “completely unacceptable” bill of £1.7billion to the European Union.

The Prime Minister hit out at the bill and spoke of his anger at the “appalling” way Britain has been treated by the European Commission.

He said that “it certainly doesn’t help” the chances of Britain remaining in the EU after an in-out referendum due to be held in 2017.

A visibly furious Mr Cameron said: “I'm not paying that bill on December 1. It is not going to happen.”

Oct 24 06:24

Property boom... and bust! Estate agent left red-faced after porn channel is shown on wide-screen TV in the window

Robert Bartlett, chief executive of estate agents Chesterton Global, took a photograph of the TV in the shop-front on Notting Hill Gate showing pornographic channel Babestation earlier this month.

In a Twitter post, the 49-year-old said: ‘Interesting to see what some estate agencies sell at night!’

Staff at Faron Sutaria said there is normally a news station broadcast on the TV in their window, but a prankster appeared to have changed the channel from outside with a universal remote.

Oct 24 02:24

Western Sponsors Liable for Kiev Basket Case

Washington is even more circumspect than Brussels on the matter of providing hard cash to Kiev, as opposed to lots of hot-air promises of nebulous aid. One gets the feeling that the Western sponsors know full well that this regime is a basket case. Nevertheless, these Western sponsors are liable for the basket case that they created.

Since Washington and Brussels shunted the geopolitical tracks in the first place to create the financial train wreck that is now manifestly the Ukraine, you would think that there might be a sense of obligation on Western governments to salvage the mess. Not a bit of it, it seems.

Furthermore, the train wreck is careening dangerously into the Russian economy. But still, the Western governments adopt an attitude that Moscow must pay for the damages.

Oct 23 23:33

U.S. Leaders: “Listen to this Irish Senator”

Ireland joins Sweden and the British House of Commons to express support for Palestinian statehood.

A similar motion is pending before the Spanish Congress.

Irish Senator Averil Power (at right) stood before the Senate of Ireland this week and offered a motion which calls for the Irish Government to:

“formally recognize the State of Palestine and do everything it can at the international level to help secure a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The government parties agreed to the motion “without us actually having to push it to a vote,” Power said.

Oct 23 18:39

Universities 'packing in too many students': Academics say standards are slipping because institutions are admitting more undergraduates than they can cope with

Standards in universities are slipping due to a ‘rack ‘em, pack ‘em and stack ‘em’ culture which has seen rising numbers of undergraduates squeezed into lecture halls, it has been claimed.

Academics say that institutions are undermining standards by admitting too many students and over-marking work to satisfy ‘money obsessed’ senior staff.

Oct 23 17:45

British serial entrepreneur missing as $1.4m bitcoin is apparently stolen

Almost $1.5m of bitcoins formerly held by cryptocurrency exchange Moolah have gone missing, after the exchange declared bankruptcy. The cash is believed to be in the personal wallet of the company’s founder and chief executive, Alex Green, who has not been heard from since Moolah went bust.

Oct 23 15:13

Flashback: Ebola is 'biggest health problem facing our world in a generation', warns David Cameron

The Prime Minister said that while Britain is "leading the way", other members of the international community need to "look to their responsibilities" to help tackle the killer disease.

Arriving at the Asia Europe Meeting in Milan, Italy, Mr Cameron said: "This is the biggest health problem facing our world in a generation. It is very likely to affect a number of the countries here today.

"Britain, in my view, has been leading the way. The action we are taking in Sierra Leone where we are committing well over £100 million, 750 troops, training 800 members of health staff, providing 700 beds - we are doing a huge amount.

"I think it is time for other countries to look at their responsibilities and their resources and act in a similar way to what Britain is doing in Sierra Leone, America is doing in Liberia, France is doing in Guinea.

Oct 23 08:45

Thousands With Degenerative Conditions Told They Could Be ‘Fit To Work In The Future’

More than a third of people with debilitating and incurable conditions and are too sick to work, such as Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis, are being placed in the ‘Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of ESA, even though their condition is certain to worsen over time.

Claimants placed within the WRAG receive less money than those in the higher ‘Support Group’, who are not required to prepare for work or attend Job Centre interviews, and face the threat of sanctions if they fail to comply with strict requirements. Some may have their ESA entitlement removed after only a year as the government attempts to “support people into work”.

Oct 23 08:43

UK online pedophiles too many to prosecute: NCA

Britain will not charge pedophiles that possess child abuse images because of the high volume of people engaging in such activities.

According to the head of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), Keith Bristow, it was "not realistic" to prosecute the 50,000 people in Britain who have viewed and shared child abuse images.

"Our responsibility is to focus on the greatest risk and tackle those people," he said.

Oct 23 08:23

UK police Taser use on rise against mentally ill, minorities

Home Secretary Theresa May has ordered an inquiry into police use of Taser stun guns, after it emerged the weapons were increasingly and disproportionately used against black Londoners and the mentally ill.

On Thursday, May said she wanted to see clear data on the reasons why officers deployed Tasers in specific incidents. The weapons were introduced to UK police forces in 2004.

Oct 23 08:13

UK ‘aid for executions’ in spotlight as Pakistan set to restart hangings

More than a hundred prisoners apprehended in UK-funded drug arrests are now facing execution in Pakistan, after a judge scheduled a hanging that would end the country’s 2-year death penalty moratorium.

Oct 23 07:54

Rhum gas field to resume production after 4-year hiatus

The Rhum gas field, co-owned by British Petroleum (BP) and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), will resume production after a four-year hiatus due to anti-Iran sanctions, a BP spokesman says.

Production at the North Sea gas field was halted back in 2010 under the unilateral illegal sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union (EU) and the US over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

The BP spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Friday that the British government has given the green light to the oil group to resume production at the field.

Production from the field, which contributed around 4-5 percent of Britain’s total gas output before its closure, is expected to begin this weekend.

Oct 23 06:56

Tear gas, rubber bullets in Lille, France, as Everton fans clash with police

French police have used tear gas and rubber bullets against rioting English soccer fans who arrived in the country to support Liverpool side Everton in a Europa League match against Lille, local media report.

The clashes erupted at the Grand Place square in center of the city of Lille, Northern France. Everton Football Club has advised its fans to avoid the square where the unrest is taking place.

Oct 23 06:43

Homeless family have been living in their car with cats, dog and a cockatiel for three months since bank repossessed their house

A homeless family say they have been forced to live in their car with their pet dog, cats and cockatiel for three months after their home was repossessed.

Deborah Talbot, 41, has been living in the disabled people carrier with her taxi driver partner Glyn Jones, 60, their 23-year-old daughter Rachel and their four pets since July because they say they have nowhere else to go.

Their home in Newport, south Wales was repossesed by the bank after Ms Talbot lost her full-time job working in a supermarket.

Now she says she has had little luck so far in finding accommodation and have been forced to live in the car as they have no friends or family able to take them in.

Oct 23 06:40

Tesco bosses admit £263million black hole in accounts worse than previously thought because store has been overstating profits for years

Tesco is in crisis today after it revealed half-year profits have slumped by 91.9 per cent and its £263million accounting scandal was even worse than predicted because it may have been going on for years.

Chairman Sir Richard Broadbent quit this morning after the most disastrous six months in the supermarket's 95-year history.

Britain's biggest retailer said its pre-tax profits in the six months to August have plunged 91.9 per cent to £112million, compared to £1.3billion a year earlier.

Oct 22 13:53

Brazil under CIA Pressure

The activities of non-government organizations are not restricted in any way; their members have close ties with US embassy and consulate staff, as well as USAID workers. The human intelligence is used to discredit the policy of the Dilma Rousseff government. The lies about its ineffectiveness are spread around by all available means. «Experts» forecast collapse in case the President wins another term. They disseminate dubious results of «rating polls» that complicate the vision of reality.

Over two thousand Brazilian political activists, intellectuals, people of art and culture signed a manifest on October 26 highlighting the hostile actions of Washington aimed at prevention of Dilma Rousseff election victory.

Oct 22 13:50

Philip Giraldi: Stopping Cyber Hate

ADL has recently been meeting in California with a British group called the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, which included the Community Security Trust (CST). The CST advocates physical response to anti-Semitic incidents, to include the equipping and training of organized “self-defense” forces. CST is controversial in the UK, partly because many British Jews believe they are adequately protected by the police. It has also been criticized because its Director is the highest paid head of any Jewish organization in the country and its finances are alleged to be non-transparent.

An article entitled “Web giants unite to fight online hate” described the purpose of the California meeting. It reported that a “game changing” agreement was reached with Twitter, Facebook, Google and Microsoft to take steps to stop “the proliferation of racist and abusive comments” and to “force racism and hatred from the web.”

Oct 22 11:58

BBC apologises for presenter's criticism of rape victim

n a trailer for Radio 4 discussion show Moral Maze, the journalist said that neither Evans nor the woman he attacked had emerged from the incident "with any credit" because she was so drunk that "she could barely stand".

He said:

"Nobody comes out of the Ched Evans rape case with any credit - not the victim who'd drunk so much she could barely stand, nor the two footballers who had sex with her in the most sordid of circumstances."

Oct 22 11:30

Legal challenge launched over abuse inquiry chair

A victim of historical child sexual abuse has launched a legal challenge to the choice of Fiona Woolf as the chair of the inquiry investigating the issue.

A judicial review application, seen by the BBC, claims she is not impartial, has no relevant expertise and may not have time to discharge her duties.

Oct 22 10:03

Facebook pays no UK corporation tax for a second year

Facebook paid no UK corporation tax for the second year in a row in 2013, while employees received shares in the company worth tens of millions of pounds.

The world’s largest social media company reported a pre-tax loss of £11.6m in the UK last year, despite its US parent company reporting a net profit of $1.5bn (£900m).

Oct 22 09:23

Revealed: How Britain now manufactures more than it did in the 1970s... but with many less people

Britain now manufactures more than it did in the late 1970s, shattering the idea that as a nation we do not make anything any more.

Output last year was 10 per cent higher than in 1978, a new study by the Office for National Statistics said.

However, the proportion of people working in manufacturing has fallen sharply, down from 25 per cent 35 years ago to just 8 per cent now.

Oct 22 08:08

Dirty money: 19 UK firms alleged ‘complicit’ in $20bn laundering scam

Some 19 British firms are at the center of an investigation into in a mammoth global money-laundering operation. The scheme was allegedly contrived to make $20bn (£12.5bn) of ill-gotten gains appear legitimate.

Oct 22 07:36

Beware the Corporate Takeover of Seed under Many Guises

Monopolisation of seed is not just a European issue but a global one, with international agritech giants buying out independent companies and leaving farmers with little choice but to purchase hybrid or genetically modified seeds in countries like the US. Monsanto bought 200 US independent seed companies over 10 years, with the corporation now estimated to own 23 % of the proprietary seed market (see [3] GM Crops Destroyed by Drought in US while non-GM varieties Flourish, SiS 56). A similar drive for seed monopoly is taking place in the African continent, with SeedCo, one of Africa’s largest home-grown seed companies being bought out by transnational corporations Limagrain, the biggest seed and plant breeding company in the EU. Limagrain is investing US$60 million for a 28 % stake in SeedCo [4]. SeedCo has sold 49 % of its shares in Africa’s only cottonseed company Quton to the Indian company Mayco, a Monsanto subsidiary. Syngenta in 2013 took over Zambia’s MRI seed, which is said to have the most biodiverse collection of maize seed varieties in Africa. South Africa’s largest seed company Pannar Seed was recently taken over by Pioneer Hi-Bred, a subsidiary of DuPont. These acquisitions of seed companies by a handful of corporate giants poses great threats not only to seed biodiversity, but also food sovereignty and people’s access to fresh foods, giving GM companies the chance to spread their patented seeds across the world.

Monsanto, Syngenta and DuPont already own 53% of the global commercial seed market and the following legislative proposals and treaties are set to increase their monopoly [5].

Oct 22 07:26

Schools should check kids brush teeth, says NICE

After local authorities identify areas that would benefit, free toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste should be handed out to parents and carers for use at school and at home, it advises.

If a supervised tooth-brushing scheme is not feasible, children's teeth should be painted with fluoride varnish at least twice a year to strengthen teeth, NICE added.

Oct 22 07:02

New UK Gun Policy Should Be A Warning To American Gun Owners

BELLEVUE, WA – -(Ammoland.com)- A new policy announced by the British Home Office recently to allow unannounced searches of the homes of registered British gun owners should raise alarms among Americans who are threatened with increasingly restrictive gun laws pushed by wealthy anti-gunners including billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

“This is an alarming development in Great Britain,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “and it ought to serve as a warning to American gun owners and Constitutional activists concerned not only with their Second Amendment rights but also their Fourth Amendment rights. In Washington state, where CCRKBA is headquartered, there have already been attempts to include such language in so-called ‘assault weapons’ ban legislation.

Oct 22 06:54

UK must “do more” to distance itself from US drone programme, says ex-GCHQ chief’s report

A report from a commission chaired by the former Director of GCHQ has called on the British Government to implement “safeguards” to ensure that UK drone personnel “remain compliant with international law.”

Oct 21 19:08

Jewish fury after Ukip's Nigel Farage forms a pact with Holocaust deniers to secure funding from the EU

Nigel Farage faced fury from Jewish community leaders today after he formed a pact with a Polish MEP whose party leader has been accused of denying the Holocaust to get EU funding.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said it was ‘gravely concerned’ by Ukip’s deal to accept a member of the Polish Congress of the new Right (KNP) into its grouping in the European Parliament.

Robert Iwaszkiewicz's decision to join the Eurosceptic EFDD (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy) group headed by Mr Farage means it has enough members to increase its funding and standing in the parliament.

Oct 21 10:00

Fake News!! CNN & BBC Busted!! ISIS Is A Fake Threat!! 2014

Oct 21 09:51

Cops write off child abuse victims

We are often told that Asian men get away with abusing children because police fear being called racist if they arrest them.

But the head of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, revealed the real reason for police inaction last week.

Oct 21 09:18

Soros and the CIA Now Banking on Neves to Defeat Rousseff

President Rousseff’s policies have created powerful enemies within the walls of the CIA in Langley, Virginia and among the board rooms of Wall Street and the West’s most powerful corporations. She succeeded in proving the polls and pundits wrong on October 5 but October 26 remains yet another hurdle.

With Brazilian voters wise to Silva’s puppet strings to Soros and other global bankers, she managed to only come in third on October 5. Silva subsequently endorsed Neves, Soros’s second selection to take over the reins of presidential power in Brazil from Rousseff.

Neves’s chief economic adviser and the man who would become Finance Minister in a Neves presidency is Arminio Fraga Neto. A former close friend and associate of Soros and his Quantum hedge fund.

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Oct 21 08:28

Osborne on Course to Miss Borrowing Target as U.K. Deficit Climbs

Osborne had been predicting about 7 percent more income tax this year. Between April and September, it rose just 0.1 percent, while NICs increased 1 percent.

Oct 21 08:24

Government borrowing 10% higher than last year

Government spending pushed borrowing last month to £11.8bn, £1.6bn higher than September 2013 and £1bn higher than City forecasts

Oct 21 06:59

Stop changing laws behind closed doors, say experts

Constitutional experts have warned David Cameron to halt the government's "behind closed doors" attempts to change the way the United Kingdom is governed.

In a letter sent to William Hague, who heads up the Devolution committee set up by the Prime Minister following the Scottish referendum last month, academics, the heads of think-tanks and leading political organisations warn that "it is essential that people are given a say in the shape of our political system". This follows warnings from largely Labour politicians that "English votes for English laws" reforms that are backed by Mr Cameron would turn Scottish MPs into "second class" representatives in the House of Commons.

Oct 21 06:34

Weaponized Ebola?

The US and UK helped its fascist friends in South Africa develop an ethnic-specific biowarfare program

The goal: To develop ethnic-specific bio-weapons to "limit" the black population.

According to one of the psychopaths who worked on this:

"That was great. That was the most fun I had in my life."

"Another country that had a population problem asked us to work on this." (I'm pretty sure that was one of South Africa's keenest allies Israel that he's referring to.)

From the book by bio-weapons expert Jeanne Guillemin: "The project‘s growth years were from 1982 to 1987, when it developed a range of biological agents (such as those for anthrax, cholera, and the Marburg and Ebola viruses and for botulinum toxin)..."

Oct 20 22:43

Calais police fire tear gas as migrants storm trucks

French police on Monday fired tear gas at hundreds of migrants trying to force their way onto trucks in the northern port of Calais in a desperate bid to reach Britain.

Oct 20 18:15

Britain is on the brink of becoming a nation permanently divided between rich and poor, poverty commission warns

Britain is on the brink of becoming a nation permanently divided between rich and poor, according to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission in its second annual state of the nation report.
The 335-page document is likely to be a reference point against which the government’s anti-poverty record will be judged, and to feature strongly in opposition party manifestos for the 2015 general election.

Oct 20 14:54

New trolling laws 'threaten freedom of speech'

If you threaten somebody’s life on the internet or you threaten them with a serious crime you can be done for it, you can do prison time for that. So nobody understands quite why are the laws being proposed in this way. It is particularly savage because there is a degree of hypocrisy about these charges of online terrorism. From the very people who are bombing others around the world, it is a little strange. There is a kind of moral panic here, a political panic, could be seen by politicians to deal with what is really a small-scale social problem.

Oct 20 11:26

We’ll Slash Benefits For 100,000 Families And Young People To Fund Apprenticeships, Says Cameron

A future Tory Government would slash benefits for around 100,000 struggling families and young people to fund more low-paid apprenticeships, Prime Minister David Cameron will pledge on Monday.

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Bringing back Serfdom!

Oct 20 11:17

UK convicts man over manga sex images of children

A 39-year-old UK man has been convicted of possessing illegal cartoon drawings of young girls exposing themselves in school uniforms and engaging in sex acts. The case is believed to be the UK's first prosecution of illegal manga and anime images.

Local media said that Robul Hoque was sentenced last week to nine months' imprisonment, though the sentence is suspended so long as the defendant does not break the law again.

Police seized Hoque's computer in 2012 and said they found nearly 400 such images on it, none of which depicted real people but were illegal nonetheless because of their similarity to child pornography. Hoque was initially charged with 20 counts of illegal possession but eventually pled guilty to just 10 counts.

Oct 20 11:13

Tens of thousands march in London against low wages

Around 80,000 overwhelmingly public sector workers took part in a “Britain needs a pay rise” march and rally in London on Saturday organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Around 3,500 people attended a similar event in Glasgow under the banner “A Just Scotland,” and several hundred demonstrated in Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Oct 20 09:05

Price comparison sites accused of hiding best energy deals from customers

Comparison sites have been accused of misleading consumers by not showing them the best deals.

The warning comes from a collective bargaining website, which claims the big five switching firms filter out energy tariffs that don’t pay commission.

But it echoes complaints that The Independent has received from independent energy firms which say if they don’t pay high enough commission to comparison sites, they don’t get a look in.

Oct 20 08:36

The Truth About Federal Anti-Hoarding Laws

In 1994, former President Bill Clinton released an executive order that lumped together a number of laws that could go into effect in the event of a declaration of martial law

Oct 20 08:22

Didcot fire sparks energy crunch fears as half of power station will remain out of action indefinitely

Half of a power station which supplies electricity to a million homes will remain out of action indefinitely following a major blaze – prompting blackout fears.

The devastating blaze at the Didcot B site in Oxfordshire comes days before National Grid sets out its winter outlook, amid worries over how it will keep the lights on if there is an 'energy crunch'.

It is expected to put further pressure on the UK's squeezed electricity network and could result in supply failing to keep up with demand.

Oct 20 08:19

Thousands of house sales on the line as banks' Chaps money transfer system goes down – meaning purchases can't be completed

Thousands of people due to buy and sell their homes faced delays and the risk of putting lengthy property chains in jeopardy today after the system used to electronically transfer money failed.

The Bank of England said the mechanism it uses to transfer payments between commercial banks - which includes that used to purchase houses - was hit by technical problems and was suspended at 6am today.

It is unable to give an indication when the system will be running again.

Oct 20 02:06

British nurse who survived Ebola heads back to fight the epidemic

The British nurse who survived Ebola has flown back to the country where he caught the virus as he prepares to rejoin efforts to tackle the epidemic.

William Pooley said he was “delighted” to return to Sierra Leone as he attempts to prevent “as many unnecessary deaths as possible” from the disease.

The 29-year-old was due to arrive in the capital Freetown last night before resuming work today in an Ebola isolation unit run by UK medical staff, King’s Health Partners said.

He became the first confirmed Briton to contract Ebola and was flown back to the UK in August, where he was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London with experimental drug ZMapp - global supplies of which have since run out.

Oct 20 02:03

Fuel your winter finances by acting to now cut costs

This is no surprise when figures from price comparison site uSwitch.com show bills have gone up by almost £800 over the last 10 years.

Separate findings from GoCompare.com, another comparison site, reveal 87 per cent of Brits will be rationing energy use in some way this winter.

Further research reveals that 16 per cent will have to make cutbacks in other areas of their lives just to keep the heating on, while almost one in five admitted to being cold last winter in a bid to keep fuel bills down.

Oct 20 02:00

David Cameron making ‘historic’ mistake over EU, says José Manuel Barroso

David Cameron is making a “historic mistake” by adopting a defensive approach towards the EU which risks increasing the chances of a British exit, the outgoing European commission president José Manuel Barroso will warn on Monday.

In the strongest attack by Brussels on the Conservatives over their handling of the EU, Barroso will say that the prime minister’s plan to impose an “arbitrary cap” on immigrants from eastern Europe is contrary to EU law and will alienate Britain’s natural allies.

Oct 19 18:16

Britain threatens Internet 'trolls' with two years in jail. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the Mail on Sunday newspaper: "This is a law to combat cruelty—and marks our determination to take a stand against a baying cyber-mob."

People found guilty of Internet "trolling" in Britain could be jailed for up to two years under government proposals outlined on Sunday, following a number of high-profile case of abuse on Twitter.

Oct 19 18:11

Grandmother starves herself to death after UK's assisted suicide laws left her with 'no alternative'

An elderly woman has starved herself to death to get around the UK’s tight and restrictive laws on assisted suicide.

Octogenarian Jean Davies, who is also a right-to-die campaigner, spent five weeks attempting to end her life and succeeded in doing so on 1 October.

Oct 19 13:09

Israel is losing its friends in the world

Israel has lost its international audience. When Netanyahu warns about the nuclear threat from Iran, even those who worry deeply about Tehran’s intentions respond with a weary shrug. The warnings are seen as a diversion — an effort to distract from his refusal to accept a Palestinian state rather than a clear-headed assessment of a present danger. This cannot be good for Israel.

Such was the backdrop to last week’s vote in the House of Commons. The occasion added lustre to the reputation of the politicians — something too rare these days. The hyperbole and rancour of everyday partisanship made way for reasoned argument. Israel had lobbied hard against the motion. It was soon obvious it had lost its best friends.

Oct 19 08:52

Foreign Secretary ignores concerns over Guantanamo Brit abuse

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has dismissed concerns over the abuse of British cleared detainee Shaker Aamer, in a letter to his lawyer at human rights charity Reprieve.

Oct 19 08:31

Former UK Tory minister's attack on Israel settlement building angers Jewish groups

Jewish groups have reacted angrily to comments made by Sir Alan Duncan, the former Tory minister, who described settlement building in the Occupied West Bank as an “ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe”.

Oct 19 06:51

Rotherham scandal: MPs urge investigation into missing child sex abuse files

A full and urgent investigation into the disappearance of key child sex abuse files is needed to address public suspicion of a cover-up, the influential Commons home affairs select committee has said.

The MPs’ demand comes from their follow-up inquiry into the response of authorities in Rotherham during which they heard evidence that the files of a council researcher detailing the extent of suffering had been stolen in 2002.

The Commons home affairs committee’s report, published on Saturdaysays this was not the first case wherein there were allegations that files relating to child sex exploitation had disappeared.

Oct 19 01:28

Under-30s being priced out of the UK, says social mobility tsar

Britain is on the verge of becoming permanently divided between tribes of haves and have-nots as the young increasingly miss out on the opportunities enjoyed by their parents’ generation, the government’s social mobility tsar claim.

The under-30s in particular are being priced out of owning their own homes, paid lower wages and left with diminishing job prospects, despite a strong economic recovery being enjoyed by some.

Those without the benefits of wealthy parents are condemned to languish on “the wrong side of the divide that is opening up in British society”, according to Alan Milburn, the former Labour cabinet minister who chairs the government’s Commission on Social Mobility.

Oct 18 11:58

Tables turned — Israel on the run

With support for the BDS Movement growing globally from organized labour, the potential economic threat to the Zionist regime is staggering

Last month saw the extraordinary possibility of a change in the power dynamic between Palestine and Israel. It confirmed the fact that a heretofore almost unnoticed, nonviolent campaign called Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement has Israel on the run.

Oct 18 11:48

Washington Admits: FSA Equals Fictitious Syrian Army

US President Barack Obama hosted a top-level war council this past week in Washington with the military leaders from 21 countries in attendance – under the official remit of coordinating tactics to defeat the Islamic State extremist group in Syria and Iraq.

Hold on a minute. Congress has approved $500 million to train a new cohort of the supposedly moderate and secular Free Syrian Army; and Saudi Arabia and Turkey are providing bases for that undertaking. But at Obama’s seminal war council on «coordinating» plans there was not one representative from the much-vaunted moderate rebels who are assigned this crucial military role.

Oct 18 11:45

Terror-scaremongering designed to erode freedoms, stamp out dissent

As expected, the recent fabricated ISIS terror scare that swept the headlines of Canada’s Zionist-owned media is being used by the neocon regime in Ottawa to give Canada’s spy agency CSIS more sweeping powers to spy on citizens and protect the identities of informants.

“The federal government will face intense scrutiny – perhaps even a constitutional challenge – when it introduces legislation to give its spies more legal powers,” reported the Ottawa Citizen.

Oct 18 11:42

Illan Pappe & Miko Peled on Zionist Israel

Below are a couple of compelling presentations by brave and bold, historian Illan Pappe, and peace activist Miko Peled respectively.

I salute both men, for having the courage to move outside the Zionist narrative they grew up on, to stand up when their principles called for it, to give us an honest appraisal of where Israel as a society stands today, which most Israelis would prefer to remain in denial of, because, to acknowledge the truth, would destroy all of their sustaining myths and leave them bereft of all of the lies which have sustained and justified their existence.

Miko is absolutely right in his disclaimer, of course… you cannot expect a balance presentation on this topic, because the issue itself is not balanced. There is no balance therefore there cannot be a balanced presentation on this topic, Miko correctly reiterates.

Oct 18 06:14

‘Scandalous’: 1.6m UK pensioners living in poverty – report

More than one and a half million British pensioners are “floundering” on low incomes and consigned to poverty, a report by elderly care charity Age UK suggests.

The research, How We Can End Pensioner Poverty, published on Friday, reveals that poverty among pensioners is rife in Britain, with 1.6 million living below the poverty line and a startling 900,000 living in “severe poverty.”

Oct 18 05:48

Filmmaker who directed new film about Edward Snowden avoids UK because she fears arrest under Official Secrets Act

The maker of Edward Snowden documentary CITIZENFOUR refused to travel to the film’s UK premiere last night because she fears arrest under the Official Secrets Act.

Laura Poitras said she had been advised by lawyers to avoid travelling to Britain because her work with the fugitive former contractor with the National Security Agency.

Oct 18 05:42

Fears of winter blackouts as repairs to mend boiler cracks shut EDF nuclear plants for two years

Two of Britain's nuclear power plants closed in August over safety issues will not be fully up and running for another two years – triggering fears of blackouts this winter.

The twin reactors at Heysham 1 and Hartlepool were shut down after cracks were discovered in a boiler at the Heysham site in Lancashire.

Owner EDF Energy last month warned that the plants, which play a key role in keeping the lights on in Britain, could be out of action until the end of the year to allow safety checks to take place on each of the four reactor's eight boilers.

Oct 18 02:08

The safest place for Tony Blair is behind bars for his war crimes

Wherever Blair goes he is threatened with a citizen's arrest for his crimes. Now it appears there have been plots to assassinate him. What can he do to protect himself?

Oct 18 02:06

New scandal over child sex exploitation

A SHOCKING new child sex exploitation scandal has emerged in Britain’s second largest city.

Dozens of girls, some as young as 11, have fallen victim to predatory gangs.

Three out of four of the men who groom youngsters for sex in Birmingham are Asian.

Yet their victims are 82 per cent white, say confidential police statistics leaked this week.

A Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board study in September 2013, never released to the media, found 111 youngsters were at risk of sexual exploitation in the city, some as young as 11 and almost half under 15.

The failure to prosecute known offenders was “startling” and “unacceptable” it added.

Oct 18 02:05

Rotherham child abuse scandal: Missing files 'fuel public suspicion of a deliberate cover-up’, say MPs

Fears of a “deliberate cover-up” by public officials of the sexual abuse of children in Rotherham have been fuelled by the large number of documents detailing the scandal which have vanished, an investigation by MPs has concluded.

They urged the Home Office to launch an immediate search for the missing paperwork and to examine claims that files warning about the activities of paedophile rings were stolen from a locked council office in the South Yorkshire town.

In a report published on Saturday, the Commons home affairs select committee said the “shocking” failure to act on repeated warnings of systematic exploitation had exposed more victims to abuse.

Oct 18 02:03

New investigation after '2,000 police officers' are implicated in corruption

Police corruption is to be investigated by a powerful committee of MPs amid fears of widespread impropriety – as The Independent reveals that thousands of officers are suspected to be crooked.

An analysis of intelligence by Home Office researchers found between 0.5 and 1 per cent of the 200,000 police officers and civilian employees in England and Wales in 2003 were “potentially corrupt”, and involved in leaking information to criminals, stealing property during raids, fabricating evidence, helping villains to escape prosecution and “using their power to obtain money or sexual favours from the public”.

Oct 18 02:00

Ukip celebrate second victory in a week UKIP were celebrating another by-election landslide

The anti-EU party secured a crushing victory when its local council candidate, David Jones, easily won the Sheppey Central seat on Thursday night.

Mr Jones secured 58 per cent of the votes with a net swing of 31.5 per cent from the Conservatives compared with 2011.

He won 60 per cent of votes, a swing of 44 per cent from the Tories.

Oct 17 18:12

Britain may use a mediaeval law dating to 1351 to charge citizens with treason if they go to fight with Islamic State insurgents in Iraq and Syria, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Britain may use a mediaeval law dating to 1351 to charge citizens with treason if they go to fight with Islamic State insurgents in Iraq and Syria, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Oct 17 10:18

Illan Pappe & Miko Peled on Zionist Israel

The most brutal occupation by the Zionist Israeli regime, known to the world in this 21st century, capable of far worse than the Gaddafi or Assad regimes, is allowed to continue the blatant daily oppression and colonization of a people unimpeded.

Below are a couple of compelling presentations by brave and bold, historian Illan Pappe, and peace activist Miko Peled respectively. I salute both men, for having the courage to move outside the Zionist narrative they grew up on, to stand up when their principles called for it, to give us an honest appraisal of where Israel as a society stands today, which most Israelis would prefer to remain in denial of, because, to acknowledge the truth, would destroy all of their sustaining myths and leave them bereft of all of the lies which have sustained and justified their existence.

Oct 17 10:04

Obama Knew Arming Rebels Was Useless, But Did It Anyway

As it happens, Syria is hardly the first or most significant place Obama has used his power as Commander-in-Chief in ways that get people slaughtered, even though he knew better, primarily for political purposes.

Obama’s biggest such decision killed a lot of American servicemembers who he sent to fight and die in Afghanistan.

Oct 17 09:28

British Big Pharma warns Ebola vaccine will come 'too late' to halt spread

One of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies says a vaccine to tackle Ebola will “come too late” to curb the current epidemic, as the UK and other European countries begin screening passengers for the virus at international airports.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British multinational that produces pharmaceuticals, biologics and vaccines, said a working vaccine would not be readily available until late 2015, by which time the epidemic may have spread far beyond West Africa.

Oct 17 07:52

First details of Government’s secret lawyer-client spying policies revealed

A rare public hearing of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has for the first time revealed details of UK security services’ secret policies on the interception of private calls between lawyers and their clients.

The existence of the secret policies on legally-privileged material emerged in the course of a torture case brought by legal charity Reprieve and others, on behalf of Libyan rendition victims Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, Sami al-Saadi and their families.

Oct 17 07:12

How energy bills have surged by £400 in a decade - even though we are using 17 per cent less

Our yearly spend on energy has soared by over 52 per cent above inflation between 2003 and 2012, the numbers from the Office for National Statistics show.

This meant that householders on average spent an extra £410 a year on energy bills. In 2003, the average energy bill was roughly £790. By 2012, this had risen to over £1,200.

Oct 17 06:56

Home Secretary Theresa May insists GCHQ needs 'haystack' of data to find 'needle'

Bulk collection of communications data by intelligence agencies such as GCHQ is not mass surveillance, insists Theresa May, the Home Secretary

Oct 17 06:37

Follow Britain’s example on Ebola, David Cameron tells world leaders

UN chief Ban Ki-moon berates international community for contributing only $100,000 into his $1bn global fighting fund

Britain has called on world leaders to “wake up” to the crisis posed by the Ebola outbreak and to follow the example of the UK, US and France in providing medical and financial support to countries in West Africa.

As the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, chided the international community for paying just $100,000 into his $1bn trust fund to fight Ebola, David Cameron called on other countries to “act in a similar way” to Britain, the US and France.

Oct 17 06:33

Jewish lawmaker slams UK gov't over Palestine vote

A British Jewish lawmaker has branded the government “cowardly” after it abstained from the vote on Palestinian statehood.

Speaking with the Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, Gerald Kaufman accused the government of running away from the debate in "a very cowardly way."

"Members of the government and conservative backbenchers were instructed not to vote, which was a very cowardly thing to do,” he said.

Oct 16 14:34

Cameron still hasn't got the message on Palestine

Stuart Littlewood examines the spurious arguments used by the British government to try to wheedle its way out of recognising Palestine as a state, as emphatically demanded by the British parliament.

Oct 16 13:40

Cameron backs Hong Kong rights, China blocks BBC site

Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday Britain should stand up for the rights of the people of Hong Kong after more than two weeks of pro-democracy protests in the former British colony.

Oct 16 13:15

Dirty money: 19 UK firms alleged ‘complicit’ in $20bn laundering scam

Some 19 British firms are at the center of an investigation into in a mammoth global money-laundering operation. The scheme was allegedly contrived to make $20bn (£12.5bn) of ill-gotten gains appear legitimate.

The dirty money is thought to have originated from criminal gangs and corrupt officials across the globe, attempting to make their tainted money appear clean so it can be spent free of suspicion.

Oct 16 11:36

Fateful week for US-Iran talks

High expectations have been raised by world statesmen — one Iranian and the other two American — on the eve of the ‘trilateral’ meeting in Vienna today between the US secretary of state John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday expressed optimism about a resolution of the nuclear problem in terms that haven’t been articulated before. He said Iran has the “political will” to clinch a deal. Interestingly, he said this in a national address telecast alive.

The signs are that Iran’s Supreme Leader has authorized the Iranian negotiators to clinch a deal. The Iran Daily newspaper, which is identified with the Supreme leader’s office has showered fulsome praise on Rouhani’s policies seeking detente with the West.

Oct 16 10:11

Fabrication in BBC Panorama's 'Saving Syria’s Children'

The report contained harrowing scenes of teenage boys and young men, their skin apparently in tatters, racing into what the report describes as “a basic hospital funded by handouts” to be treated for burns. In one particularly disturbing scene a tableau of young men writhe, drool and groan, seemingly in great distress.

On further viewings, however, this scene in particular is strikingly odd. The young men are quiet and mostly static until spotting the camera upon them, at which point the central figure (Mohammed Asi) raises his arm and the group instantly becomes animated and begins groaning in unison.

Oct 16 08:36

Chutzpah on Social Cohesion

When government politicians talk of social cohesion I get worried. My own MP, Richard Benyon, tweeted recently, “Working with organisations who promote cohesion is vital: ‘good work should not be derailed by local or international events.'”. Fine. Who could disagree? But his party, the co-ruling Conservative Party, has been associated with two think tanks, Policy Exchange and the Centre for Social Cohesion, described by SpinWatch as “two of Britain’s most influential right-wing think-tanks”, which “have used the fear of terrorism and of Islam to push an authoritarian political agenda”.

Oct 16 07:58

Care Quality Commission: 'Four in five NHS hospitals not safe'

Watchdog finds 'shocking' levels of safety at NHS hospitals and warns 'public being failed' in first annual report since Ofsted-style ratings

Four out of five hospitals inspected by regulators are not safe, according to new annual ratings of NHS trusts which watchdogs have branded “shocking”.

The report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the inspectorate for health and social care, details findings from the first year of a new style of inspections, which will give all hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries Ofsted-style ratings.

The regulator said “the public is being failed” by the numerous hospitals, care homes, and doctors surgeries unable to meet basic standards, in a report which vows to call time on an “unacceptable lottery” in care.

Oct 16 06:58

Israel Losing Support In UK Says Ambassador

‘Britain’s ambassador to Israel has warned that the Jewish state is losing support in the UK, blaming the summer offensive in Gaza and increased settlement construction in the Occupied West Bank. His remarks came as a former Conservative minister described the situation in one Palestinian city as “apartheid”.

The ambassador, Matthew Gould, issued the warning hours after MPs backed a motion to recognize the state of Palestine, albeit in a non-binding vote. Speaking to Israel Radio, the ambassador said the vote in the Commons showed that public sentiment was moving away from Israel.’

Oct 16 06:56

A Shift toward Recognizing Palestine

On Oct. 3, the new Swedish prime minister had announced his government’s intention to recognize the State of Palestine, thereby joining the 134 other UN member states, encompassing the vast majority of mankind, which have already done so.

Europe should not stop there.Imagine that all of the 20 European Union states which have not yet recognized the State of Palestine were to do so and that the EU were then to announce that, if Israel did not comply with international law and relevant UN resolutions by withdrawing fully from the occupied State of Palestine by a specified date, it would impose economic sanctions on Israel and intensify them until Israel did so.

Oct 16 06:51

Putin calling, is Obama hearing?

Big things sometimes happen innocuously in politics.

Reading the transcript of Russian Foreign MInister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Channel Five in Moscow a fortnight ago, one did feel intrigued that almost innocuously, after some scathing criticism of the West’s containment policies toward Moscow, Lavrov switched tack abruptly, toward the end, with some loud thinking that there could still be “something else like reset No. 2 or reset 2.0? between Russia and the US. He left the intriguing thought hanging in the air.

Oct 16 05:42

Drivers 'ripped off' at pumps as oil costs fall: Claims four pence a litre drop is yet to be passed on to drivers

Motorists are paying ‘rip-off’ fuel prices at the pumps because falling petrol prices are failing to keep pace with plummeting oil costs, motoring groups warned last night.

Although forecourt prices are falling – driven largely by supermarkets cutting their pump prices – it is claimed up to 4p per litre on average has yet to be passed on to drivers following a 2p drop since September.

And drivers in rural areas are being hit harder because there are fewer supermarket competitors to kick-start a price cut.

As a result motorists face a post-code lottery over the extent to which they benefit from crude oil prices tumbling on international markets.

Oct 15 22:53

What is Zionism?

- its history and role over the past 150 years

Today, Zionism has become the most dominant ideology in the western world and is the most significant expression of Anglo-American imperialism, and reached a new stage by ”Project for a New American Century”.

Zionism is, according to its own prominent figures, a religious/political movement the aim of which is to create a socialistic model state for Jews in the land of Palestine where Mount Zion is located. Its roots are found in Judaism and in the middle of the nineteenth century Moses Hess, Karl Marx’s mentor in socialism, developed it into a political movement.

Oct 15 15:17

Sir Alan Duncan's 'apartheid' attack on Israel angers Jewish groups

Jewish groups have reacted angrily to comments made by Sir Alan Duncan, the former Tory minister, who described settlement building in the Occupied West Bank as an “ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe”.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said that part of Sir Alan’s argument – that US thinking on the issue of settlements as being dominated by “a very powerful financial lobby” – was anti-semitic.

Oct 15 15:09

Fracking firm lodging appeal after council rejects its planning application

A fracking company is lodging an appeal against a county council decision to refuse it permission to explore for oil and gas.

West Sussex county council’s planning committee refused the application by Celtique Energie for oil and gas exploration near Wisborough Green, a conservation area just outside the South Downs national park, in July.

Oct 15 14:58

Energy firms accused of failing to pass on fall in wholesale prices worth up to £130 a year to families

Energy giants have been accused of robbing families of up to £130 a year by refusing to pass on a fall in wholesale gas and electricity prices.

Industry analysts say the cost of power bought one month in advance is down by around 22 per cent compared to a year, however struggling families and business have seen no cut in bills.

Oct 15 14:57

Use overseas aid to build jails abroad... so foreign criminals can be deported, say Tory MPs

British aid should be spent building prisons in developing countries so more foreign criminals can be deported, MPs have heard.

Foreigners held in English and Welsh prisons cannot be returned if jails in their home country do not comply with human rights legislation.

But Conservative backbenchers have called for cash from the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Justice to develop prisons overseas to ensure they do comply.

Philip Hollobone, MP for Kettering, insisted Britain should make it conditional to certain countries that aid would only be given if they accepted a prison building programme in order to cooperate with prisoner transfers.

Oct 15 14:18

A shot across the bows of Israel and its stooges

Stuart Littlewood says the UK parliament’s vote in favour of recognising Palestine as a state is a clear instruction to the government to act with honour and decency towards the Palestinian people.

Oct 15 11:40

Ebola screening at Heathrow is blasted as 'a joke' on first day as passengers arriving from Africa reveal: 'We could have walked straight through'

Britain's Ebola screening plans descended into chaos on its first day today after people flying to the UK from high risk countries revealed the checks are not compulsory.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said airline passengers from West Africa must be checked for symptoms 'to make our country safe' and warned the epidemic could be as deadly as Aids.

He also warned Britain should expect up to ten cases by Christmas as screening of passengers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, where 4,000 have died from Ebola, started at Heathrow.

But travellers at Terminal One this morning said the system is a 'complete joke' because they were either not checked at all, told it was optional or had to seek out medical staff themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we have are governments wanting to LOOK like they are dealing with the problem, ahead of actually doing anything.

Oct 15 10:25

UK minister: Disabled not worth minimum wage

A British government minister has been forced to apologise after he said that some disabled people were "not worth" the country's minimum wage and some could be paid less than a third of the rate.

David Freud, the Tory minister for welfare reform, on Wednesday made a "full and unreserved apology" after it was revealed he made the comments during a meeting on the fringes of the Conservative Party's conference last month.

Oct 15 10:19

£42bn wiped off shares in FTSE fall

Oct 15 06:47

Pakistan authorities ‘attempting to bury’ info on Brit’s blasphemy shooting

The Pakistani authorities are attempting to suppress details of an official investigation into the shooting of Mohammed Asghar, it’s emerged, amid growing calls for the release of the mentally-ill British grandfather.

Oct 15 06:31

Ambassador warns: Israel losing support in UK because of settlement building and Gaza offensive

British newspaper The Independent reported that Britain’s ambassador to Israel has warned that the Jewish state is losing support in the UK, blaming the summer offensive in Gaza and increased settlement construction in the Occupied West Bank. His remarks came as a former Conservative minister described the situation in one Palestinian city as “apartheid”.

The ambassador, Matthew Gould, issued the warning hours after MPs backed a motion to recognise the state of Palestine, albeit in a non-binding vote. Speaking to Israel Radio, the ambassador said the vote in the Commons showed that public sentiment was moving away from Israel.

Oct 15 02:57

George Galloway gives his reasons for abstaining on Palestine vote in UK parliament

I cannot support this motion as it accepts recognition of the state of Israel, does not define borders of either state or address the central question of the right of return of the millions of Palestinians who have been forced to live outside Palestine.

Oct 15 02:44

Islamic State: Britain's top diplomat says endgame is regime change in Syria

Britain's top diplomat says the US-led military campaign in Syria against Islamic State militants must be followed by regime change in Damascus, the seat of power for President Bashar al-Assad.

Oct 15 00:58

UK's wind farm 'folly': Electric bills to soar by £1000 thanks to reliance on wind power

HOUSEHOLDERS are facing soaring energy bills and winter power cuts thanks to the “folly” of relying on wind power, experts said last night.

The green crusade of successive governments is set to double electricity bills for households and cost homes £26billion a year by 2030, it was claimed yesterday.

The cost of renewable energy and carbon taxes will put an extra £983 a year on household bills by then, compared to relying on a mix of nuclear and new gas-fired power stations, three experts told a Lords committee.

They also said the “foolhardy” green policy will do little to cut emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

Oct 15 00:57

Shedding light on diabetes: Breakthrough drug will transform treatment

A BREAKTHROUGH diabetes drug which is activated by light and causes few side effects will transform treatment, its British inventors say.

The Type 2 diabetes drug is said to control the release of insulin as it is needed and to carry none of the risks associated with current therapies..

Existing medication for the condition can cause damage to the heart and brain or stimulate too much insulin release which causes blood sugar levels to drop too low.

The new drug can be switched on by patients with a simple light when they need it, dramatically improving treatment of the disease.

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