GREAT BRITAIN

Apr 24 12:27

Targeted killing could become a game for all if we fail to nail the warmongers

Stuart Littlewood examines the justifications given by Western and Israeli politicians for prima facie illegal political assassinations, and wonders what would happen if those same excuses were used against these same politicians.

Apr 24 11:58

Russian planes and warship put UK on high alert

TYPHOONS were scrambled to investigate two Russian bomber aircraft which flew close to the coast of Scotland yesterday as it emerged that a Royal Navy warship met and tracked a Russian naval vessel after it approached Scottish waters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that the Russian forces were in international airspace and waters, but the spin is that they are the provocation here.

Apr 24 11:53

Barclays AGM: shareholders large and small protest over pay and bonuses

Barclays bank faced a barrage of criticism over its pay policies at an acrimonious annual shareholders' meeting yesterday, with the board being accused of greed after handing out £2.4bn in bonuses last year.

The bank's chairman Sir David Walker tried repeatedly to defend the bonus payouts, which resulted in 481 Barclays' bankers being paid more than £1m last year.

"Why do you think you're worth it?" asked one small shareholder. "It's jam tomorrow for the investors but champagne today for the investment bankers," said another. One was applauded amid a complaint of "management greed".

Apr 24 11:50

UK exploiting routine Russian military maneuvers for political reasons – Scottish MP

The United Kingdom is trying to exploit routine military maneuvers between the Russian and the British military for political reasons linked to the crisis in Ukraine, a Scottish MP told RIA Novosti.

Apr 24 10:08

David Cameron: Britain must bomb Syria to prevent more devastating chemical weapon attacks.

What he actually means is that the UK must bomb Syria to prevent Assad from being re-elected with a landslide vote.

Apr 24 09:16

Brits suffered the biggest wages drop in the G7 but French and Germans enjoy pay rises despite working fewer hours than we do

Britain has suffered the biggest squeeze on wages of any of the richest G7 countries, new research revealed today.

While other major economies have seen pay levels return to pre-crash highs, wages in the UK were 6.1 per cent lower in real terms in 2012 than in 2007.

To add to the misery, people in Germany and France who have seen growth in the salaries actually work fewer hours than Brits.

Apr 24 09:12

Taxpayers to pay £528,000 for Illegal Bilderberg Meeting

The remaining cost of policing the Bilderberg Group meeting in Watford will be paid by Hertfordshire tax payers after an application for a grant has been refused by the Home Office.

The controversial conference which took place in June 2013 attracted more than 2,000 people to The Grove Hotel and policing the event cost about £990,000.

Apr 24 08:35

UK launches biggest maritime investment in Bahrain

Work has started on a BD6.3 million ($16.6 million) expansion of the UK Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) complex in the Juffair district of Bahrain.

The project is the maritime forces’ biggest investment on foreign soil and is being built with British money procured through Foreign Military Sales, according to the report in the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.

British Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mark Francois attended the official ground-breaking ceremony yesterday, as part of his two-day trip to Bahrain.

He was joined by British Ambassador Iain Lindsay, Royal Bahraini Navy Force Commander Commodore Abdulla Said Al Mansouri and officials from the UK Maritime Component.

The project comprises a new headquarters and an engineering and logistics facility.

Both buildings are due to be completed by July 2015 to coincide with the completion of the Salman Naval Base, previously known as Mina Salman Port.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this article.

That such an action could come from the country which gave Britain - and the world - the Magna Carta, should be an horrific embarrassment to the current government in the UK, but apparently, is not at all.

Bahrain is one of the most repressive, anti-democratic countries in the Middle East, where even the most peaceful of protests against a sclerotic Sunni monarchy can be met with huge prison sentences against both the protestors, and the first responders who treated protestors for the very brutal wounds caused by Bahraini police and military.

There is massive repression against the Shiite majority of its citizens, and absolutely uncontrolled use of force by its military and police.

So far, the protests have been peaceful. But if that changes, and the monarchy is forced out, the potential for this country to become one of the most virulently anti-Western of Middle Eastern governments is huge.

By investing in this base so intently, the UK is enabling the really bad behaviour of this government against its own people. But of course, the UK, very much like the US, only believes in "freedom, democracy and human rights"... when they don't get in the way of business as usual, and that is a bloody shame.

Apr 24 08:32

BBC Comedy Sketch The Israeli Embassy's Extension

Apr 24 06:37

BBC - British Brainwashing Corporation

Media coverage of protests against so called austerity measures (the piracy of state assets by international corporations), demonises protesters, ignores the political nature of protests and legitimises state violence against demonstrators. The mainstream Spanish and Greek press emphasise independence of protests from political influence, and report peaceful protests - the occupation of public spaces by camping, etc. - more than violent ones. De-politicisation of protests is also achieved by covering personal stories of individual protesters, focusing on their particular circumstances - “Maria, a nurse until last year, and currently unemployed”.

Apr 23 13:59

Meet Dave, your Christian “Dyno-Rod”

Stuart Littlewood reflects on the “Christian” rhetoric of Prime Minister David Cameron, whose actions belie his supposedly “Christian” sentiment, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, whose moral outrage carefully tip-toes around Israel.

Apr 23 12:44

Naked man Tasered for throwing boxer shorts at police

A police officer unlawfully tasered a naked man who threw his underpants at him, a court has heard.

Apr 23 11:56

Scottish Scaremonger? Former UK PM Brown warns against independence

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned his fellow Scots against rooting for independence, claiming the elderly risk losing their pensions if the 'yes' vote wins.

Apr 23 11:00

RAF Jet Chases Russian Planes Away From UK

Two Russian bombers which flew close to UK airspace have been chased away by an RAF jet fighter.

The aircraft, believed to be Tupolev 95s, were spotted off the coast of northeast Scotland.

They were turned away from Britain when an RAF Typhoon was scrambled from Leuchars airbase, near Dundee.

Crews stationed there are on standby to intercept unidentified aircraft at a moment's notice.

The incident comes amid heightened international tensions over the situation in Ukraine, following the annexation of Crimea by Russia last month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that the Russian planes never entered British air space but were flying in international air space, which like every other nation they have a right to do.

Russia is clearly testing air defenses around Europe. I think Putin knows that by hook or by crook the US will get their war with Russia!

Apr 23 10:26

Meet David Cameron, your Christian ‘Dyno-Rod’

Over the Easter holidays the UK's prime minister, David Cameron, was on his knees "doing God" in the run-up to European elections. And he sparked a great commotion in the media by claiming Britain is "a Christian country" Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21972

Apr 23 07:17

British people by 2:1 ratio say it was good for society, not bad, that newspapers reported the materials given to them by Edward Snowden

In a new YouGov poll, public opinion tends to be in favour of the newspapers’ decision to publish the revelations, with British people calling the decision good, rather than bad, for society, by 46% to 22%. Many, however, (31%) are still unsure how they feel.

Apr 23 07:13

Is Blair holding up release of report into Iraq War? His former Attorney General Lord Morris demands urgent answers

Tony Blair must not be allowed to delay the release of the Chilcot report into the Iraq War, a former Labour Attorney General warned today.

Lord Morris called for ‘urgent clarification’ on whether Mr Blair, ex-PM Gordon Brown or the Cabinet Office are to blame for the delay in publication.

The former law officer in Mr Blair’s first Cabinet urged David Cameron to make a ‘firm decision’ to release the report well ahead of next year’s General Election.

Apr 23 06:51

UK Filters And The Slippery Slope Of Mass Censorship

Of course, if you recognize that the continued expansion of such filters was likely the plan from the beginning, then everything is going according to plan. The fact that it doesn't solve any problems the public are dealing with is meaningless. It solves a problem that the politicians are dealing with: how to be able to say they've "done something" to "protect the children" while at the same time building up the tools and powers of the government to stifle any speech they don't like. To those folks, the system is working perfectly.

Apr 22 22:25

Nuclear waste at eroding dump site near Sellafield ‘will be disrupted'

A site on the Cumbrian coast where 1 million cubic meters of nuclear waste from all over the UK has been buried for the past 55 years has been declared a potential source of contamination – due to coastal erosion and rising sea levels.

Apr 22 19:32

Meet David Cameron, your Christian ‘Dyno-Rod’

British PM has certainly helped make a big difference to people's lives across the globe.Cameron was among those who stupidly voted for war with Iraq, which caused mega-death and destruction, shredded the lives of everyone there and wrecked their ancient civilisation. He went on the prod in Libya with generally disastrous consequences for its people. He was itching to bomb Syria but, mercifully, Parliament stopped him. And he has inflicted vicious sanctions on the Iranians, with the intention of ruining their economy, for no reason except Israel and America wished it. Now he wants to mix it with the Russians without knowing the facts.

Apr 22 14:53

Berlusconi doing community service inseminating pandas

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was recently sentenced to a year’s community service for tax fraud, has found work inseminating a giant panda at Edinburgh zoo, following failed attempts to mate her with a male panda. The zoo and the 77-year-old billionaire’s lawyers said that they were satisfied that the ruling was a win-win, allowing him to remain both politically and sexually active.

Apr 22 12:25

British expats flee from crisis-hit Spain

The number of British living in Spain fell by over a fifth in 2013 as the exodus of Spain's foreign residents brought the country's total population down for the second year in a row, data released on Tuesday shows.

Apr 22 11:32

UK minister claims that Russia is holding countries to ransom

The British energy minister says London must work to weaken what he called Moscow’s stranglehold on world energy resources.

Apr 22 09:55

Teachers Aim To Expose Bad Agencies Via Website

Teaching union NASUWT launched a new website yesterday which allows teachers to publicly rate employment agencies in an effort to prevent exploitation in the industry.

Apr 22 08:39

Unionists rally as Scottish independence mood gains ground

Opponents of Scottish independence speak of pensions being lost in the potential separation from the UK. It comes after a recent poll showed that the gap between Yes and No votes is narrowing, with unionists losing ground.

The landmark ICM survey revealed Sunday a decline of the No vote from 46 per cent to 42 percent over the past month. At the same time the Yes vote remained steady at 39 percent. With the “don’t knows” excluded from the count, the No vote stands at 52 percent, just four percent ahead of the Yes vote.

It’s the highest level of support for Scotland’s independence since last August, and with only five months remaining till the September 18 referendum, the poll opened to criticism the campaigning of those wishing to keep the union in place.

Apr 22 07:42

Ministers want to change trespass law to boost fracking

Ministers want to give energy companies the right to run shale gas pipelines under private land, Whitehall sources have confirmed.

The planned move - aimed at kick-starting the fracking industry - will be included in the Queen's Speech as part of an Infrastructure Bill.

Apr 21 20:20

A Key Test for International Law (forced deportation of Diego Garcia islanders by Britain)

In truth, if colonial conquest and force majeure are legitimate grounds of sovereignty, and if extermination of a population can wipe out the legal right to self-determination, then in international law Britain has the right to Diego Garcia and to give it as tribute to their US overlords. But if international law has any relationship of any kind to principles of justice, then Britain should not be permitted to reap the dubious benefit of genocide. What international law actually is in the neo-conservative era is the real question before the UN tribunal now looking at the Diego Garcia question.

The UK is represented by Sir Michael Wood. He is the man who overruled my objection inside the FCO to the use of “intelligence” gained from torture, and argued that British cooperation with extraordinary rendition was legal.

If anybody in Scotland can read through this and read through the links, and does not want to take the chance to leave the stinking cesspit of international shame that is the United Kingdom, they are severely deficient in moral sense.

Apr 21 20:14

U.K. police force shutdown of sports torrent network

The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has forced the shutdown of a popular, if not the largest, sports-focused torrent site. A staff member at The Sports Torrent Network, a tracker popular with fans on both sides of the Atlantic, informs TF that in the face of threats closure was the only option.

Apr 21 15:12

Give residents fracking shares, says energy chief Angela Knight

Do residents also get a free fire extinguisher to put out tap fires?

Apr 21 13:46

UK poor hit by double tax whammy

One year ago, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in Britain initiated Council Tax Support (CTS) and the Under Occupancy Charge, or “bedroom tax”. These measures have had a devastating impact on the poorest sections of society.

Apr 21 12:28

The Forecast for UK's Coast: Radioactive

New revelations reveal a near certain threat of flooding and erosion that will cause radioactive pollution from a coastal nuclear waste dump in the UK.

In operation since 1959, the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) near Drigg in Cumbria houses nuclear waste from the nearby Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site in addition to military, hospital and oil industry nuclear waste.

Apr 21 12:17

UKIP causes a stir with biggest ever poster campaign costing £1.5 million but they're immediately attacked as 'racist'

Critics compared the immigration posters with those used in the past by the far-right British National Party.

Apr 21 09:32

Big Brother 'spy car' is watching parking sites

A £30,000 ‘spy car’ is being used by Oxford City Council to catch motorists who fail to pay their parking fees.

The council bought a Citroen Berlingo last March and has kitted it out with cameras that scan motorists’ number plates in its car parks to alert wardens if a fee has not been paid.

Apr 21 08:25

TNT posties dumping your letters in bushes: Rivals to Royal Mail accused of ditching deliveries to earn more

Thousands of letters are being dumped or delivered late by Royal Mail’s doorstep rival.

Customers blame TNT Post for missed hospital appointments, lost bills and delayed medical test results.

The company’s orange-clad staff are paid according to how quick they are – giving them an incentive to ditch mail.

Letters have been found dumped in undergrowth in Manchester and London.

Apr 21 08:20

Our terrifying addiction to antidepressants: GPs dole out 25% more 'happy pills' in just three years

Britons are increasingly relying on antidepressants – with the number of prescriptions soaring by a quarter in just three years.

NHS figures reveal that 53million were issued last year – a record high – compared with just 42.8million in 2010, and 20.1million in 1999.

Some psychiatrists say that people suffering what used to be a bout of the everyday blues are now being diagnosed with a medical condition and prescribed treatment.

There is also concern that GPs are handing out pills such as Prozac and Seroxat too freely when they should be referring patients for counselling or other therapies.

Apr 21 08:10

Switching off our street lights to save money has led to a big rise in serious injuries and fatalities, according to new figures

Switching off street lights to save money and hit carbon emission targets has led to a rise in deaths and injuries, according to new figures.

Research has found that in 2011-12, 324 more people were killed or seriously injured in crashes at night in roads where street lights were switched off than the previous year.

A report by The Times reveals that deaths rose by 39 per cent, and serious injuries rose by 27 per cent.

Apr 21 08:05

Speaker John Bercow has run up half a MILLION pounds in expenses - including £26,000 in formal dresswear and £100,000 in overseas jaunts

Commons Speaker John Bercow has run up a staggering half a million pounds in office expenses in just five years, it has been revealed.

Mr Bercow has incurred £495,592 in taxpayer-funded events, travel, clothes and other supplies since taking up the prestigious role in June 2009.

This includes £100,000 on overseas jaunts and £26,000 in formal dresswear - with £3,700 spent on just two suits.

It also includes more than £170,000 on 'official entertainment', £40,283 on UK travel, and even £2,400 on curtain cleaning.

Apr 21 07:51

Fluoride: Just when you thought it was safe to drink the water...

A public health body is once again campaigning for councils to add fluoride to our drinking water. But the science in favour is not as clear-cut as it seems

Apr 21 05:18

Another paedophile politician could be unmasked by MP who exposed Cyril Smith's sex ring

The MP who exposed the paedophilia of the late Cyril Smith is threatening to name another former senior politician alleged to have had sex with children.

Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale, where one of his predecessors was Smith, said he may unmask someone 'much more important' who allegedly abused boys at the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes, South-West London, which was used as a venue for a paedophile ring of VIPs.

'I have been contacted by people making serious allegations.' The MP says he could use parliamentary privilege - which would give him legal immunity - to name the former influential MP.

He added: 'It would be best for him to come forward of his own volition, but I would consider using privilege to name the parliamentarian.'

Apr 20 19:26

Scottish independence campaign gaining ground: Polls

Recent polls have revealed that support for Scottish independence is gaining among voters five months before the September referendum that could lead to Scotland’s secession from the United Kingdom.

An ICM poll for today’s Scotland newspaper on Sunday showed support for independence stands at 39 percent, while opposition has dropped four points to 42%. Apart from people who had no idea, the results are 52-48 in favor of keeping Scotland in the UK.

Apr 19 19:05

Schools in Birmingham discrimate against non-Muslim students and restrict GCSE teaching to fit in with Islamic beliefs, according to official report

Schools in Birmingham are illegally segregating pupils, discriminating against non-Muslim students and restricting the GCSE syllabus to “comply with conservative Islamic teaching”, an official report leaked to The Telegraph discloses.

Apr 19 11:34

‘Borderline Insane’: HMRC To Sell Taxpayers’ Financial Data To Private Companies

Government plans to share taxpayers’ data with private firms were condemned as “borderline insane” by a senior Tory MP.

Under the proposals, HM Revenue and Customs would be allowed to release anonymised information to third parties including companies, researchers and public bodies where there is a public benefit.

Apr 19 08:03

HMRC to sell taxpayers' financial data - Guardian

The personal financial data of millions of taxpayers could be sold to private firms under laws being drawn up by HM Revenue & Customs in a move branded "dangerous" by tax professionals and "borderline insane" by a senior Conservative MP.

The government insists that there will be suitable safeguards on personal data. But the plans, being overseen by the Treasury minister David Gauke, are likely to provoke serious worries among privacy campaigners and MPs in the wake of public concern about the government's Care.data scheme – a plan to share "anonymised" medical records with third parties.

Apr 19 05:48

Was this woman murdered to cover up (British MP) Cyril Smith's sex ring?

..behind the guest house doors, commercial sex was also available, and there have been allegations that underage boys from at least one children’s home were made available there to paedophiles.

For several years, a list of alleged ‘VIP’ customers of the guest house has been circulated by child welfare campaigners. Among the names are a number of senior MPs, a high-ranking policeman, a leading tycoon, figures from the National Front and Sinn Fein, an official of the Royal Household, an MI5 officer, two pop stars and the traitorous Soviet spy Anthony Blunt.

It is unlikely if we shall ever know for sure how many of these men even went near Rock’s Lane. But certainly one of those identified on the list was Sir Cyril Smith.

In his sparse living room, with the television blaring, David Issett also volunteered the politician’s name — as well as a claim which goes to the heart of another, potentially even more sinister, story of sex and Establishment cover-up.

Apr 18 19:02

Flashback 1967 - David Frost Interviews Oswald Mosley

The Frost Programme - Oswald Mosley (15th Nov 1967)

David Frost confronts Mosely, Frost is very sharp, funny at times. But Mosely, former head of the British Union of Fascists, stands firm. He holds his position and presents his rational. They discuss the alliance with Hitler, racism and anti Semitsm. Around 14 minutes in, the Jewish mob attacks. This is a must watch!

Apr 18 18:58

HMRC to sell taxpayers' financial data

The personal financial data of millions of taxpayers could be sold to private firms under laws being drawn up by HM Revenue & Customs in a move branded "dangerous" by tax professionals and "borderline insane" by a senior Conservative MP.

Despite fears that it could jeopardise the principle of taxpayer confidentiality, the legislation would allow HMRC to release anonymised tax data to third parties including companies, researchers and public bodies where there is a public benefit. According to HMRC documents, officials are examining "charging options".

Apr 18 18:54

More delays for controversial NHS data harvesting programme as Government adviser says scheme was mishandled

After the Daily Mail repeatedly highlighted concerns among GPs and patients that sensitive information would be passed on to commercial firms or be at risk from hackers, the scheme has been postponed until October.

But Dame Fiona told Radio 4’s PM programme yesterday that even that delay may not be long enough and said public information campaigns were ‘not clear enough’.

Apr 18 18:46

British Gas staff 'paid bonuses tripling their £25,000 salaries if they inflate customers' bills by 60% by targeting charities and small businesses'

British Gas is paying staff bonuses to inflate customers’ bills by up to 60 per cent, a whistleblower has claimed.

The former employee said he felt ‘disgusted’ by the policy, which encouraged staff to target charities and small businesses and sell them the most expensive deals possible.

Employees were told they could triple their £25,000 salary through commission if they sold the highest-priced tariffs to enough customers.

Churches and charities – including the Scouts – were among those targeted by the policy, the whistleblower said, with some organisations ending up £2,000 a year worse off.

Apr 18 16:11

Secrecy And Lies: Government Collusion With The GM Biotech Sector In Britain

In 2012, the current British Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Owen Paterson called concerns over the use of GM foods “complete nonsense” in an outright attack on valid concerns about GMOs (1). Since then, through comments and speeches, he has consistently voiced unqualified support for the GM food industry.

Apr 18 07:34

Haaretz: Axelrod to advise U.K. Labour chief in 2015 elections

Senior adviser to President Obama during two presidential campaigns, David Axelrod has been hired for a six figure sum to advise Ed Miliband.

Apr 18 01:55

Royal Bank of Scotland 'Cleared' Of Ill-Treating Small Firms

A review ordered by the Royal Bank of Scotland has cleared the lender of fraud against small and medium-sized business customers.

Apr 18 00:54

Cameron Finds Out That Ignoring People Can Lead To A Good Deal Of Pain

Let's hope that he continues displaying wilful disregard of sound advice...hopefully next time he makes such an idiotic mistake it will cost him his home and his job. I think Nigel Farage would look great on the news standing outside number 10 Downing Street...

Apr 17 19:54

The Obama Game : Is Putin Being Lured Into a Trap?

The coup government’s crackdown on ethnic Russians in Donetsk and Kharkiv could lead to a Russian intervention which would provide the justification that Washington is looking for. However painful it is for Putin to watch Russian speaking Ukrainians get beaten and perhaps killed by Nazi thugs and foreign mercenaries dressed up as Ukrainian Security Forces, he should avoid sending in the troops. It’s a trap.
Vladimir Putin, whatever one may think of him, has not done anything to fuel the violence and chaos that has spread across the country.

“Russia … is now recognized as the center of the global ‘mutiny’ against global dictatorship of the US and EU. Its generally peaceful .. approach is in direct contrast to brutal and destabilizing methods used by the US and EU…. The world is waking up to reality that there actually is, suddenly, some strong and determined resistance to Western imperialism. After decades of darkness, hope is emerging.” – Andre Vltchek.

Apr 17 11:50

Why has the British Ministry of Defence Tried to Ban Its Own Book on Afghanistan?

Attempts by democratic governments to ban books rarely work out well. If the book is banned on grounds of public morality (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer), then the writer nearly always wins in the end and the government that tried to suppress their work is likely to end up looking puritanical, cloven-footed and often pig-ignorant.

Apr 17 07:20

British Media’s Regime Change Propaganda on Syria

The Committee to Protect Journalists have today published their annual list of states where the murders of journalists are likely to go unpunished.

Apr 17 05:37

Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib

Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are holding the U.S. government accountable for innocent victims on all sides of the fighting.

The recent shootings of soldiers at Fort Hood and other U.S. military bases have once again brought to public attention the challenge of making sure that soldiers returning from war zones find security and support at home. The Washington Post calls the pressures on veterans “the next war.” But whatever war comes next, those existing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their consequences continue.

The exploding rates of suicide among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the escalating numbers of soldiers turning their weapons on each other as well as themselves, and the endemic spread of PTSD all are linked to the wars themselves. Wars of aggression and occupation have an enormous, terrible effect on the young women and men ordered to fight them.

Apr 17 05:21

$64 million in bribes paid to UK doctors last year by drug companies

New data that once again highlights the incestuous relationship between Big Pharma and the medical industry indicate that British doctors were paid some $64 million by drug makers, which was only slightly less than in 2012.

According to Reuters, such industry payments to physicians have increasingly come under scrutiny following several scandals involving drug sales practices, most notably in the United States, as well as concerns that such close ties put commercial interests of drug makers ahead of what is best for patients.

Apr 16 13:21

British Media’s Regime Change Propaganda on Syria

The Committee to Protect Journalists have today published their annual list of states where the murders of journalists are likely to go unpunished.

Here’s the top 10 as of 2014.

Apr 16 12:41

"Shocking" rise in food parcel handouts in UK blamed on welfare reforms

Britain's largest food bank provider, the Trussell Trust, says it has handed out more than 900,000 food parcels in the last year, up from 350,000 the year before, a rise it calls "shocking". The Trust has blamed rising prices and government changes to the welfare system for some of that increase, saying delays in providing payments mean people are going hungry.

Apr 16 11:08

Report: Bedroom tax has left 50 per cent of tenants in arrears - but savings aren't being made

The study said the “bedroom tax” and wider welfare reforms introduced by Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, were forcing tenants to choose between “heating and eating.” Three in four had cut back on food bills. “Tenants are experiencing poverty, anxiety, debt and health problems. Food banks are becoming essential. People rely on family and friends for help. Tenants and landlords expect evictions to rise,” it said.

Apr 16 11:04

Britain's hunger crisis: One MILLION food parcels handed out despite UK having sixth richest economy

Campaigners last night demanded David Cameron scrap his savage welfare reforms after the number of emergency food parcels handed out soared to more than a million.

Furious anti-poverty groups and church leaders said it was beyond belief that people in 21st century Britain are going hungry and relying on charity.

The number of food parcels given out last year by the Trussell Trust alone nearly tripled from 346,992 to 913,138. And 330,205 of those went to children.

Apr 16 11:03

Banks rip-off: £3bn overdrafts bill to be probed - it can be cheaper to take out payday loan

Watchdogs are to investigate the £3billion-a-year banks rake in from rip-off overdraft rates.

More than a third of the money banks make from current accounts comes from interest and charges when customers go overdrawn.

Research shows going over the limit can work out more expensive than borrowing from payday lenders.

Apr 15 16:27

All-in-one cop service: kidnap, investigate and shred evidence

A team of the Sweeney— police flying squad officers —came up with a novel way of keeping crime under control in the 1990s. They decided to carry out their own kidnappings.

Apr 15 14:56

Teachers' strikes can beat Michael Gove’s attacks on education

Teachers are engaged in a fierce battle with Tory education secretary Michael Gove—and it’s a fight that they can win.

Gove is intent on wrecking teachers’ pay, pensions and conditions.

Apr 15 12:16

Starting salaries for UK graduates fall to new low

The starting salary of UK graduates is at its lowest since the beginning of the financial crisis, according to a new report. Since 2007 entry level wages for graduates from almost every subject has fallen by more than a tenth, says the Complete Universities Guide.

Apr 15 09:39

Cuts to legal aid in UK will deny thousands the right to a fair trial

On April 3, the family of Cherry Groce submitted a petition with 130,000 signatures asking the government to grant them legal aid for an inquest into her death.

Groce’s shooting by the Metropolitan Police was the spark for the 1985 Brixton riots. She was paralysed below the chest by the shooting and remained in a wheelchair until she died in April 2011 aged 63.

Apr 15 08:48

Baby in Alessandra Pacchieri forced caesarean case adopted

The daughter of an Italian woman who had a forced caesarean section while in the UK has been adopted by "good and loving people", the country's top family judge has announced.

The case, which first unfolded in secrecy, was later reported and commented on around the world and led to Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the high court, calling for "radical changes" and greater transparency in the family courts.

Child P, who must not be identified, was born in August 2012 after a health trust looking after Pacchieri since June 2012 under the Mental Health Act made the application to the courts for the C-section because of concerns about risks to mother and child.

Apr 15 08:01

UK councils under fire over controversial surveillance

Two Mersey councils have been slammed by civil liberties groups for using controversial surveillance techniques so they can issue people with parking fines.

Liverpool and Wirral councils are under fire over using cars equipped with CCTV cameras to spot parking breaches.

Apr 15 07:20

Tony Blair, George W. Bush and David Cameron: Hi-jacking God?

When Tony Blair was in residence, according to the diaries of his former communications director, Alastair Campbell, before the illegal invasion of Iraq, for which Blair's Downing Street offices produced fantasy, fictional, false justifications, the then Prime Minister was guided by his faith and regularly spoke to "his Maker." Blair may have "spoken" - but, as ever, he clearly didn't listen.

Proverbs (6:16-19) rules on six personality traits his "Maker" abhors and seven that are an abomination to Him: "Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord ..." Blair ticks every box, shattering any claim to his trumpeted Christian principles.

False witness is also slammed by King Solomon and in Matthew (15:18-20) Jesus condemns false testimony as defiling to any person.

Apr 15 06:58

UK opposition leader falls for Zionist propaganda

Ed Miliband the latest Western politician “taken in” by Sderot Fails to keep election promise to see the situation in Gaza for himself. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21486

Apr 14 19:39

UK Moves to Block US Senate Report to Protect Blair, Straw and Dearlove

From a British diplomatic source I learn that Britain has lobbied the United States against the publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture and extraordinary rendition. The lobbying has been carried out “at all levels” – White House, State Department and CIA. The British have argued that at the very least the report must be emasculated before publication.

The British argument is that in a number of court cases including the Belhadj case, the British government has successfully blocked legal action by victims on the grounds that this would weaken the US/UK intelligence relationship and thus vitally damage national security, by revealing facts the American intelligence service wish hidden. [We will leave aside for the moment the utter shame of our servile groveling judges accepting such an argument]. The British Government are now pointing out to the Americans that this argument could be fatally weakened if major detail of the full horror and scope of torture and extraordinary rendition is revealed by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The argument runs that this could in turn lead to further revelations in the courts and block the major defence against prosecutions of Blair, Straw and Dearlove, among others, potentially unleashing a transatlantic wave of judicial activism.

Apr 14 18:43

Understanding Modern Israel: Why It Is Driving The World Towards Madness

Can you have democracy for only one carefully-defined group? Can you have democracy without the restraints of a Bill of Rights upon an abusive majority? Can you have democracy which holds millions in perpetual isolation and subjects them to countless abuses? Can you have democracy where you prefer dealing with juntas and kingdoms to democratic governments in neighboring states? Can you have democracy which constantly threatens war on those who do not threaten it? Can you have democracy which conducts witch-hunts on a grand scale, just re-naming the witches as terrorists? Can you have democracy which interferes in the internal affairs of other democratic states?

Apr 14 08:34

CIA, MI6 and Turkey's rogue game in Syria: New claims say Ankara worked with the US and Britain to smuggle Gaddafi's guns to rebel groups

The US's Secretary of State John Kerry and its UN ambassador, Samantha Power have been pushing for more assistance to be given to the Syrian rebels.

A second and little-regarded theme of Hersh's article is what the CIA called the rat line, the supply chain for the Syrian rebels overseen by the US in covert cooperation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The information about this comes from a highly classified and hitherto secret annex to the report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on the attack by Libyan militiamen on the US consulate in Benghazi on 11 September 2012 in which US ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. The annex deals with an operation in which the CIA, in cooperation with MI6, arranged the dispatch of arms from Mu'ammer Gaddafi's arsenals to Turkey and then across the 500-mile long Turkish southern frontier with Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Instead of attempting to destabilize regimes around the world in service to the money junkies, the US government should be focusing on bringing back decently paying jobs to the US; the care of the most fragile among us; and the rebuilding of America's crumbling infrastructure.

But of course, that doesn't make money for the military-industrial or security-industrial complex. The politicians from the top down are bought and paid for by the large corporations which own them, and fund their election cycles. We the People really have no say on who gets elected, because those elected only serve the interests of the very wealthy in this country.

Apr 14 07:32

Secret anti-BDS meeting held in UK capital

The British capital has hosted a secret meeting attended by 25 countries to counter international calls to boycott Israeli regime’s products.

The meeting, which was held in London this week, lasted for three days and was attended by UK's former Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Alistair Burt and the Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz, UPI reported on Friday.

The report said the participants included the United States, Australia, and Canada, in addition to a number of European states.

Apr 14 07:31

Miliband: 'I want to be Britain's first Jewish PM'

The Labour leader, who is visiting family with his wife Justine, said that he believed faith has a "nourishing" role in society.

He also said that Britain was "lucky" to have the Church of England, calling it a "great institution".

Former Conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli was born Jewish but became an Anglican at 12 after his father left Judaism following a dispute with the synagogue.

Mr Miliband said: "Someone asked me if I thought it was a disadvantage, that people would be less likely to vote for me because I’m Jewish, and I said absolutely not.

"That’s one of the great things about Britain. There are elements of anti- Semitism, [and] it is really, really important to tackle those and have no truck with them.

Apr 14 07:05

Cameron Demands Russia Condemns Pro-Moscow Activists in Ukraine

David Cameron has claimed the latest crisis in Ukraine "bears the hallmarks" of a Russian approach.

Following a phone conversation with German chancellor Angela Merkel, he called on Moscow to unequivocally condemn the illegal occupation of government buildings.

Cameron was on holiday in Lanzarote but has held phone conversations with both Merkel and France's Francois Hollande.

Apr 13 12:48

Diplomat who won EU exit essay prize silenced by government

After he picked up an £80,000 prize for an essay on how Britain could leave the European Union, Iain Mansfield was poised to become a new, intellectual voice in the media debate on the issue.
There was one snag, however. Mr Mansfield is a civil servant and his essay appears to have been rather too well-argued for his employer, the UK Government, which remains committed to staying within the EU.

Having accepted the prize at a ceremony in Westminster on Tuesday evening, Mr Mansfield was told he was banned from giving media interviews. His regular blog on economic affairs also appears to have been removed from the internet.

Apr 13 10:04

UK slum landlords exploit tenants as home ownership at 25-yr low

Home ownership in Britain is at a 25-year low and renting has become the norm for 9.5 million people. But an increasing number of tenants at the bottom end of the market talk about rock-bottom conditions as well.

Apr 13 06:06

BBC in the service of Israeli propaganda

by just looking at its reporting of Israel and the Palestinians over the last five weeks, is that it is becoming almost impossible to hide the pro-Israeli bias of BBC Online’s Middle East desk. For that, the BBC should surely take collective responsibility.

Apr 13 05:25

British Journalist, Author Patrick Seale passes away

British journalist and author Patrick Seale passed away Friday after a long struggle with cancer

Apr 13 02:24

President Vladimir Putin’s letter to leaders of European countries

Western media’s relentless demonizing of President Putin is backfiring. President Putin’s approval ratings hits a three year high and have risen to 88% (The Independent and BBC reported) in the past week, as Russians back their president over Ukraine, a height western leaders can only dream of.

“It goes without saying that Russia is prepared to participate in the effort to stabilize and restore Ukraine’s economy, however, not in a unilateral way, but on equal conditions with our European partners.” writes President Putin.

Apr 12 18:56

Daily Mail prints transparent anti-Assad propaganda BS, and its readers let the DM presstitutes know they ain't buying it - ROFLMAO

See readers' responses to this recent example of MI6/CIA inspired Daily Mail drivel:Has Assad carried out new chemical attacks? Britain and U.S. to investigate claims toxic substances have been used on four occasions

Here are a few examples:
Al Qaeda renamed rebels for the convienance of the West. Good to see so many here not falling for this BS

Al Qaeda getting a hiding in Syria - boohoo! Oh, wait a minute, that should be Department AQ of the CIA, yeah, they don't like their operatives and assets getting taken out.....

well done everybody who see through this latest lie to get us to war! just read the comments d.m and how about some of that good ol impartial journalism just like they used to teach at journo school!

Its probably been done by the Turks who want to drag Nato into another war, and thats just what Nato wants.

There is so much information now on-line or in the alternative media I don't know why the DM even bothers to print this rubbish.

Give over , we don't believe your lies

Apr 12 16:49

Ed Miliband the latest Western politician 'taken in' by Zionist Propaganda

UK Labour Party leader ED MILIBAND falls for Zionist propaganda, fails to keep election promise to see the situation in Gaza for himself.

Apr 12 14:16

UK opposition leader Ed Miliband falls for Zionist propaganda

Stuart Littlewood reminds us of UK opposition leader Ed Miliband’s broken promise – that he would visit the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip – and views his decision instead to regurgitate Israeli propaganda.

Apr 12 08:32

George Osborne warns City to prepare for turmoil over Russia sanctions and interest rate rises

The City must brace itself for a new wave of market volatility amid looming interest rate rises and the possibility of harsher Russian sanctions, the Chancellor has said, as he insisted that the Treasury was prepared "for any eventuality" on the Ukrainian crisis.

Apr 12 06:25

How Cyril Smith evaded the law: Sickening folly of the Left who aided his cause by advocating paedophilia - Daily Mail

For a long time, I struggled to comprehend how Cyril Smith's influence had allowed him to escape the law for so long. Then I got a call from a former officer with the Metropolitan Police.

There was, he said, a simple explanation. His enormous working-class appeal left the Director of Public Prosecutions worried that Cyril might be able to do something remarkable if he went to trial — win public sympathy for paedophilia.

Apr 12 06:22

Monstrous cover-up: How the Liberal party, police and MI5 concealed MP Cyril Smith's industrial-scale child abuse - Daily Mail

The shocking scale of the Establishment cover-up of former Liberal MP Cyril Smith’s sickening sex abuse of boys is revealed today.

For four decades, the depraved 29st politician was free to prey on vulnerable children as young as eight.

Police received at least 144 complaints by victims of the predatory paedophile yet the authorities blocked any prosecution – allowing Smith brazenly to continue his abuse.

The Liberal Party even put his name forward for a knighthood in 1988 in spite of the rumours of his sordid activities swirling around Westminster.

David, now Lord Steel nominated him for the honour despite knowing of the allegations about the bachelor MP for Rochdale, the ex-Liberal leader’s involvement emerging only in recent weeks after a Freedom of Information battle.

Apr 11 08:03

British gave 'full co-operation' for CIA black jail on Diego Garcia, report claims

The British government allowed the CIA to run a “black” jail for Al-Qaeda suspects on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia, it was claimed last night.

The report, based on leaked accounts of a US Senate investigation into the CIA’s kidnap and torture programme after 9/11, contradicts years of British government denials that it allowed the US to use Diego Garcia for its “extraordinary rendition” programme.

The alleged Diego Garcia black site was used to hold some “high-value” detainees and was made with the “full co-operation” of the British government, according to Al Jazeera America, quoting US officials familiar with the Senate report.

Apr 11 05:57

Flashback: British double-agent was in Real IRA's Omagh bomb team

SECURITY forces didn't intercept the Real IRA's Omagh bombing team because one of the terrorists was a British double-agent whose cover would have been blown as an informer if the operation was uncovered.

The security forces were forced to hope that their agent would provide them with intelligence to ensure that the bomb would go off without casualties. In the event, due to blundered telephone warnings, 29 people died on August 15 1998.

The revelations follow claims by another British double-agent in the IRA, Kevin Fulton (not his real name), that he phoned a warning to his RUC handlers 48 hours before the Omagh bombing that the Real IRA was planning an attack and gave details of one of the bombing team and the man's car registration.

Apr 11 05:47

Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data Prime minister: Nothing to see here, go about your business

British cops are abusing the right to snoop on communications data by holding information on innocent people for far too long, a report from the Commissioner for Interception has found.

Sir Anthony May, the commissioner, wanted to counteract the "general relatively uninformed fear" that shadowy government agencies were snooping into the private lives of individuals.

However, in his annual report (PDF), he confessed that cops, spooks and bureaucrats were gathering information on an industrial scale under powers granted by Section 57(1) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).

Apr 10 14:30

IRA militant charged with 29 murders resulting from 1998 Omagh bombing

Northern Ireland has charged a man with 29 counts of murder in the 1998 Omagh bombing, the worst attack in decades of violence in the province, police said on Thursday.

Are they conveniently forgetting MI5's involvement in what was at very least a "Let It Happen On Purpose" if not a "Made It Happen On Purpose" terrorist attack?

Apr 10 10:53

The working classes don't want to be 'hard-working families'

"Hard-working families" implies we're only entitled to citizenship (or, as the Tories would have it, the odd game of bingo) if we can prove we're working our fingers to the bone. But no one can work all the time: if you're a pensioner, a single parent, sick, or there is no work to be had, then you're in trouble. And most of us know this, because we're related to them. Sit my extended family around a table and you'd have white- and blue-collar workers, the sick, the old, people in council housing, and families with two cars and a nice house but large debts to pay for them. This is replicated all over Britain. There is no static "underclass" and neither is there a robust middle class: instead, there are a lot of people who have to work for a living and, because of that fact, choose to identify as working class.

Apr 10 10:44

Scientists say UK wasted £560m on flu drugs that are not proven

The government has wasted half a billion pounds stockpiling two anti-flu drugs that have not been proved to stop the spread of infection or to prevent people becoming seriously ill, according to a team of scientists who have analysed the full clinical trials data, obtained after a four-year fight.

The government has spent £424m buying stocks of Tamiflu and £136m on Relenza in case of a flu pandemic. During the swine flu outbreak of 2009, the World Health Organisation recommended that all countries should stock up on supplies.

But the Cochrane Collaboration, a group of independent scientists who investigate the effectiveness of medicines, says that the best Tamiflu can do is shorten a bout of flu by approximately half a day – from around seven to 6.3 days.

Apr 10 07:51

Britons need to eat fewer baked beans because of impact of ‘smelly emissions’ on global warming, peer warns

Concerns have previously been voiced about the effect of methane coming from cow flatulence.

But Climate Change Minister Lady Verma yesterday urged the public to “moderate” their behaviour after Labour peer Viscount Simon raised questions in the House of Lords about the impact of human eating habits.

Viscount Simon, 73, said: “A programme on the BBC stated this country has the largest production of baked beans and the largest consumption of baked beans in the world.

“Could you say whether this affects the calculation of global warming by the Government as a result of the smelly emission?”

Apr 09 15:33

BBC misreports John Kerry on talks failure

Nureddin Sabir detects the hands of Zionists behind the BBC’s misreporting of US Secretary of State Kerry’s statement, to downplay his blaming of Israel for the failure of talks with the Palestinians.

Apr 09 09:46

Jim Willie:Lightning Speed Global Economic Change Through System Breakthrough Part 1 and Part 2

Topics discussed include the following:
1. The Ukraine turmoil and Russia and China's coordinated Financial and Commercial Response to the threats of the West led by the US
2. Though most of the Non-Western world is backing Russia, there are 3 countries in particular that will play a key supporting role in this new 'cold war', and at least two of these have been strong allies of the US in recent times.
3. Jim gives his insight into what he sees happening to US treasuries and the US dollar, and the Petrodollar in the short and long term.
4. Jim forecasts a 'Split' dollar, a domestic dollar, let's call it the Republic dollar, and dollars held outside the US will become 'International' dollars.
5. The pressures that Jim sees placed upon the Domestic dollar and it's near instantaneous 33% devaluation (to start.)
6. The coming BARTER System for settlement of international trade, reducing the US dollar to the dustbin of history.

Apr 09 01:23

Washington and NATO’s New Surrealpolitik

NATO and Washington are not only inverting fact and reality over Ukraine and the wider serious geopolitical implications. The reckless distortion is delivered with a contempt born of the most fatuous purblind arrogance. The conundrum is how to deal with such insanity?

The acting (sic) president in Kiev Oleksandr Turchynov has labeled all those seeking political autonomy in Kharkov, Donetsk, Lugansk and other pro-Russian cities in the east of the country as «terrorists and criminals»; a new set of laws cobbled together by the junta – two months before scheduled official elections have taken place and therefore of dubious legality – gives the self-appointed politicians in Kiev the power to prosecute any one that does not recognize their self-imposed authority…

Apr 08 21:03

Look at the World from Behind the Wall: Part Two

Today, almost to the month, Obama is faced with the reality he did not wish to face: Israel has had and does not have any desire to create a Palestinian State, indeed it mocks the very concept and belittles the efforts of Obama and Kerry to attempt to establish such a state. That is now blatantly obvious even to a blind person.

What to do? Take advantage of this opportunity thrown in his lap by the Israelis and send the issue back to the United Nations where it began and where it must be resolved. What will this accomplish? It will break the shackles that bind our Congress to a foreign government; it will release the President to give opportunity and authority to the United Nations to deal with this issue without conflict with the United States;

Apr 08 12:32

Meat infected with PARASITES and disease 'could end up on British dinner plates as a result of new EU laws shake-up'

Diseased and dirty meat could end up on Britain's dinner plates as a result of new EU legislation, a union has warned.

British food inspectors reject millions of carcasses carrying parasites and infections from the food chain every year.

But Unison, which represents government meat inspectors and official vets, has claimed proposed changes to food legislation by Brussels will water down their ability to check the quality and throw out sub-standard meat.

Apr 07 22:50

Invading Iraq prevented Syria-like civil war, claims Tony Blair

Iraq would have been engulfed in a civil war like that in Syria if Britain had not invaded it, Tony Blair has claimed.

Apr 07 22:46

UK middle-class hollowed out with economic insecurity

People know that work no longer guarantees the better future for their families they used to expect. They are asking: what kind of work, what kind of wages – and what kind of prospects?

Apr 07 13:28

Thousands Rally Against Killer Tax

Thousands of people across Britain rallied on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the hated bedroom tax.

They took to the streets in towns and cities including London, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Hull in protest against one of the coalition government’s most vicious attacks on 600,000 of Britain’s most vulnerable people.

Apr 07 13:05

Police force activists to remove "STOP PAEDOPHILE RINGS" banner

British National Party BNP activists are told to take down a "STOP PAEDOPHILE RINGS" banner by Greater Manchester Police on the basis it might be offensive in a diverse society.

Apr 07 07:57

Woman becomes first person to be jailed for ‘trolling herself’

Michelle Chapman was given 20 months in prison after setting up fake Facebook profiles supposedly of her father and his wife to send hundreds of abusive messages to herself, before complaining to police.

Apr 07 07:26

Obama Issues Threats To Russia And NATO — Paul Craig Roberts

The Obama regime has issued simultaneous threats to the enemy it is making out of Russia and to its European NATO allies on which Washington is relying to support sanctions on Russia. This cannot end well.

As even Americans living in a controlled media environment are aware, Europeans, South Americans, and Chinese are infuriated that the National Stasi Agency is spying on their communications. NSA’s affront to legality, the US Constitution, and international diplomatic norms is unprecedented. Yet, the spying continues, while Congress sits sucking its thumb and betraying its oath to defend the Constitution of the United States.

Apr 07 07:17

UK companies succumb to tech bubble fears

Fears that technology companies have been substantially overvalued have spread to traders in Britain, causing a widespread sell-off of internet retailers and computing businesses on the London Stock Exchange.

Shares in many London-listed companies whose sky-high market valuations are based on growth expectations rather than profits tumbled as markets opened on Monday morning, after similar fears emerged in the US, hitting the value of internet companies like Facebook and Twitter.

Waning confidence in internet stocks have raised fears that the dotcom crash at the turn of the century is due for a second round.

Apr 07 07:11

Tony Blair 'knew everything about CIA interrogation programme'

The then prime minster and Jack Straw, his foreign secretary, were kept informed “every step of the way” by MI6 and were shown Bush administration legal opinions that declared “enhanced interrogation” techniques such as waterboarding and stress positions to be legal, the source said.

“The politicians took a very active interest indeed. They wanted to know everything. The Americans passed over the legal opinions saying that this was now 'legal’, and our politicians were aware of what was going on at the highest possible level,” the source, who was reported to have direct and detailed knowledge of the transatlantic relations during that period, told The Telegraph.

“The politicians knew in detail about everything – the torture and the rendition. They could have said [to M16] 'stop it, do not get involved’, but at no time did they.”

Apr 07 07:08

MSc in cyber security: GCHQ to approve postgraduate 'degree courses in spying'

GCHQ is to start giving its official stamp of approval to Master’s courses, effectively creating the first certified degrees for spies.

The surveillance agency has sent out a briefing note to universities that offer MSc courses in cyber security, asking them to apply for certification by 20 June. Graduates of the selected courses will be able to say they have “successfully completed a GCHQ-certified degree”, it states.

Apr 06 08:18

British National Party BNP activists are told to take down a "STOP PAEDOPHILE RINGS" banner by Greater Manchester Police

British National Party BNP activists are told to take down a "STOP
PAEDOPHILE RINGS" banner by Greater Manchester Police on the basis it might be offensive in a diverse society.

Apr 06 05:18

A Century of Deceit: Iraq, the World Wars, Holocaust and Zionist Militarism

While the West bears much shame and responsibility for aiding and abetting the Zionist project and all of its murderous and destructive consequences, bringing history into accordance with the facts is one way to uplift the Palestinians whose struggle for freedom and justice goes on.

Some studies estimate that close to 1.5 million Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of the brutal American invasion and occupation of their country in 2003.[1] Millions more Iraqis have become refugees and orphans. American depleted uranium weapons have caused cancer rates in some Iraqi cities to skyrocket, permanently destroying the genes of future generations of Iraqis who are being born with horrific birth defects and diseases.

Apr 06 02:23

Scottish independence: "London is burying its head in the sand"

British Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure to ban Scottish MPs from voting in the 2015 general election if Scotland votes for independence from Westminster, because Scottish MPs should not be deciding English and Welsh government policy, according to The Times of London.

Apr 05 10:16

Why NSA spying is breaking UK law

What De is saying is that the companies were ordered to do this by the US government, using a secret court created under the governing legislation, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act 1978. He is also saying that the named corporations knew what they were doing because they were acting under written court orders.

US law does not run outside US territory. A law made in the US that says “thou shalt thieve and steal abroad” has no validity in the UK, or anywhere else. The thefts ordered by the Fisa Courts are, for the most part, illegal in the UK, under the Data Protection Act, the Human Rights Act section 8 and the Official Secrets Act. Pleading Fisa is no defence in a UK court.

The PCLOB session minutes amount to the public record of a criminal conspiracy to spy on other nations by forcing commercial companies to do the dirty work.

Apr 05 07:40

British journalists call to cut the ties with Israel

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ), the trade union for journalists in the United Kingdom and Ireland, will vote next week on a proposal for a boycott of "Israel", described as "racist state."

The proposal described Israel by apartheid system in south Africa and urges the executive Committee in the NUJ to boycott the goods of Israel, according to "Jewish Chronicle" newspaper.

Also the proposal calls on the executive committee to support the British lecturers, who refused to cooperate with the Israeli education establishments, and describes Israel as “racist state” for its refusal to grant the Palestinians the right of return to their home. 

Apr 04 17:43

More evidence of police corruption relating to Britain’s most notorious unsolved murder mysteriously ‘missing’

Evidence of police corruption relating to Britain’s most notorious unsolved murder mysteriously “disappeared” from Scotland Yard during the initial investigation, according to a leaked file. A police statement taken from an officer on the first inquiry into the brutal death of Daniel Morgan suggests the victim was about to blow the whistle on a case of “major police corruption” – but internal police documents detailing the claim were removed from the incident room.

Detective Constable Kinley Davies also claimed that he and two of his colleagues tried to investigate the emerging allegations of Metropolitan Police malpractice but were “suddenly removed from the squad” by senior officers.

Apr 04 17:41

New chapter in 'bedroom tax' saga - now councils run out of emergency funds to help worst cases

The 'bedroom tax' has resulted in thousands of people being “driven into destitution” as councils run out of the emergency funds set aside to rescue those worst affected.

Demonstrators will gather in Cardiff, Leeds and London today to call for the abolition of the widely criticised policy, a year after it was introduced by Iain Duncan Smith.

Ministers have always maintained that those forced into hardship by the tax can apply to their council for discretionary housing payments (DHPs) to help cover their rent.

But The Independent can disclose that many councils had already exceeded their budget for DHPs in February, weeks before the end of the financial year on 31 March, even though the Government had increased the money available to local authorities.

Apr 04 17:38

Maria Miller expenses report: how Culture Secretary tried to bully MP watchdog

Maria Miller issued a series of threats to Parliament’s independent standards Commissioner in an attempt to block the “irrational and perverse” investigation into her expenses claims, emails have disclosed.

A Parliamentary committee on Friday released a cache of emails sent by the Culture Secretary to Kathryn Hudson in which she threatened to make a formal complaint about the independent Commissioner.

She also employed a lawyer to respond to requests for information and refused to provide documents to justify her expense claims.

Apr 04 07:34

'Microsoft support scam' ringleader gets suspended jail sentence and fine

A man who ran a "Microsoft support scam" which fooled people into paying for unneeded antivirus software that was free has been given a suspended jail sentence, and ordered to pay thousands of pounds in compensation and fines.

Mohammed Khalid Jamil, 34, from Luton, hired people in an Indian call centre who then phoned up people in the UK, pretended to be from Microsoft, and claimed that there was a problem with the victim's computer - which they would "confirm" by getting them to look at a perfectly harmless Windows program which records machine events.

The cold-callers would then sell the victims antivirus software that was available for free from Microsoft's website, and install it using remote access to the victim's computer. People were typically charged between £35 and £150, and many of the victims were elderly.

Apr 04 07:31

'I think that we should leave it there': David Cameron continues to back Maria Miller over expenses row

Prime Minister David Cameron has again defended his embattled Culture Secretary after MPs overruled a damning independent report into her expenses.

Cameron insisted that the issue should be “left” after the cross-party Standards Committee ordered Maria Miller to apologise and hand back £5,800 in overclaimed accommodation allowances – nearly £40,000 less than that recommended by Parliament’s standards commissioner Kathryn Hudson.

Apr 04 07:08

Tell BBC to cover Israel's killing of Palestinian children

The BBC continually refers to Jerusalem, in its entirety, as an Israeli city. When challenged on this by PSC, the BBC Trust replied that it was fine for BBC journalists to do so because ‘Israel [has] de facto control over the entire city in a political, administrative and military sense’.

To find out why the BBC is choosing to accept Israel’s illegal facts on the ground over international law, PSC and Friends of Al Aqsa (FoA) submitted a Freedom of Information request to the BBC asking for all relevant documents relating to the Trust’s decision to be released.

The request was rejected so, this week, PSC and FoA have referred the BBC to the Information Commissioner (IC), and asked the IC’s office to investigate the BBC over this matter.

Apr 04 06:59

'Get your arse out, mate': we turn the tables on everyday sexism – video - Guardian

Many women describe sexism as a part of 'normal' life. Here Leah Green goes undercover in London to see how unsuspecting men react to sexist situations often experienced by women – but this time perpetrated by a female.

**Video at source. The expressions are priceless.

Apr 04 06:11

Water cannon: a shocking device that could transform British policing - Guardian

The cold jet from the water cannon slammed into the back of my head, tipping me off balance and sending adrenaline pumping around my body. This was the Ziegler WaWe 9000 in action: a German-built 30-tonne riot-tamer that can blast its targets with up to 18 litres of water a second and toss demonstrators like rag dolls. It is the kind of weapon that the home secretary, Theresa May, is now deciding whether to introduce to English and Welsh streets.

This week, ahead of an expected announcement in parliament, the deputy chair of the London assembly's policing committee, Jenny Jones, warned May that allowing them "will further damage trust in the police". The Metropolitan police commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, said he wants them to prevent "more brutal alternatives" such as baton strikes and tear gas. So the Guardian joined a Belgian police training exercise to experience the reality of their impact.

Apr 02 07:17

Government Warns Us – STAY INDOORS Govt air pollution website has CRASHED

Public Health England have issued a shock warning today, advising
people to stay indoors as a parts of Britain are blanketed with a
deadly smog.

As DEFRA warned of pollution graded level 10, the higest-possible
grade on their scale, their pollution-forecasting website crashed as
thousand tried to get the latest information. There were angry tweets
as people took to social media to express their annoyance as the lack
of better warning and information.

Mar 28 07:59

Thrup’ney bits, Tits – New Pound Coin is Elite Schoolboy Joke for Unwashed Masses

It is said that the issuing of this new coin will embrace the nostalgia of a golden era when Britain was emerging from the economic vacuum of the second world war – but I suspect that this new coin has an entirely different meaning all together – Osborne is telling us that new pound will have the equivalent value of the old 3 pence and we had all better smile and be thankful for our new, worthless, shiny currency and join the breadline and shut-up like obedient poor-folk always have.

Mar 27 08:36

UK to expand Bahrain military presence

The UK will expand its military presence in Bahrain with a $9.7m expansion of its maritime command in the capital, Manama, Gulf Daily News has reported.

The expansion includes a new, larger headquarters and facilities to provide engineering and logistics support for the four Royal Navy mine countermeasure vessels based in the kingdom.

The Middle East has the UK’s second largest Royal Navy presence, with 10 of its 32 warships and support vessels in the region.

The Bahraini headquarters leads Britain’s counter piracy and maritime anti-terrorism efforts in the region and has the capacity to oversee the operations of up to a third of all Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.
Located next to the US Fifth Fleet Naval base, it is the second largest non-Bahraini military presence in Bahrain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More rewarding bad behaviour of a tin-eared government against its own people, where peaceful protests are met with physically brutal responses, and even medical professionals who care for them are themselves charged and jailed.

Mar 26 09:58

Bank of England agrees Chinese London currency clearing hub

The Bank of England has agreed a deal with the People's Bank of China to make London a hub for Chinese currency dealing.

The memorandum of understanding, to be signed on Monday, sets out settlement and clearing arrangements for the renminbi, or yuan, in London.

The signing is expected to be followed by the appointment of a London clearing bank for yuan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 26 06:16

Metropolitan police whistleblower 'forced to resign'

The whistleblower who revealed inaccuracies in the Metropolitan police service (MPS)'s crime figures, prompting an investigation and the withdrawal of their gold standard status for statistics, said on Monday night he had resigned as a result of his treatment by senior officers.

PC James Patrick gave evidence to a parliamentary committee that led to admissions by the police inspector, Tom Winsor, and the Met commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, that crime figures produced by the force were likely to be unreliable.

He was also subject to misconduct proceedings and faced the sack over a book he wrote, proceeds from which he said were donated to charity, pointing out problems at the Met.

Mar 26 06:16

Met chief under fire as corruption probe is branded whitewash: Hogan-Howe faces questions over why force was dismissive of claims about detective

Britain's most senior policeman will today face damaging claims that a 2012 Scotland Yard probe into alleged police corruption was a whitewash.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will be questioned on why his force was dismissive of renewed claims that a notorious detective had been in a corrupt relationship with the gangster father of one of Stephen Lawrence's killers.

In 2012, it was claimed John Davidson, a sergeant who worked on the first Lawrence murder inquiry, may have helped shield Stephen's killers.

Mar 24 06:28

Revealed: Conservative peer Lord Blencathra’s lobbying contract for tax haven Cayman Islands

A senior Conservative peer, who denied that he ever lobbied MPs and peers on behalf of a Caribbean tax haven, had signed a £12,000-a-month contract that stated he would do so, an investigation for The Independent has revealed.

Mar 22 07:39

Imperial Exit: Britain’s Departure from Afghanistan

Farewell to the British, as they leave the country that took their soldiers, and more than a sense of dignity. Forces are being withdraw (the popular term is drawn down, as if they were blinds) and it is hard to see the mission in Afghanistan as anything but another intervention that did not quite pan out well for the invader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." -- The Young British Soldier, Rudyard Kipling

Mar 22 07:28

As Families Starve, Supermarkets Throw Away Half Of Food Supplies

As an increasing number of UK families are struggling to survive, it has emerged that British supermarkets are throwing away over 10 billion pounds worth of food each year.

Charity Oxfam has warned that 13 million Brits do not have enough to live on.

Speaking to Russia Today, Tristram Stuart, author of ‘Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal’ said:

“At the moment we pay supermarkets and other food businesses to trash the planet, to grow food, and then waste a third of it. We need to make a demand as consumers that they change their behavior as well.

Mar 21 07:07

UK continues mass experiment in human despair

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has confirmed that the Tory-led government's policies to cut public spending are set to continue, but the food banks don't lie.

Prior to delivering his 2014 budget to the country via the chancellor’s annual budget speech to parliament earlier this week, Osborne waited patiently while the prime minister and the leader of the opposition entered into the ritual pre-budget speech exchange.

Tributes were paid by both men to former Labour MP and government minister, Tony Benn. Benn, it should be noted, was the most hated man in Britain at one time, reviled by the Tories, the British establishment, and the leadership of his own party. The tributes that have been paid to him in response to his recent death would suggest that the political class in Britain is either suffering collective memory loss or is riddled with rank hypocrisy.

Mar 20 06:33

US, UK military to stage NATO exercises in Ukraine

Ukraine will play host, but the US military will call the shots, in an upcoming military exercise called Rapid Trident that will bring together some 1,300 international forces in Ukraine for a long-planned exercise.

Although the United States canceled Atlas Vision 2014, which was scheduled to take place in July in the northeastern Russian city of Chelyabinsk, the Pentagon says it will go ahead with plans for a multinational military exercise this summer in Ukraine.

Rapid Trident 2014 is designed to “promote regional stability and security, strengthen partnership capacity and foster trust while improving interoperability between the land forces of Ukraine, and NATO and partner nations,” according to the US forces in Europe website.

Mar 20 06:30

British Killing Trend – U.K. Foreign Policy Limited to “Humanitarian” Pro-War Choices

News that 2015 might turn out to be the first year since 1914 when British troops will not be fighting a war somewhere in the world appeared to come as a shock to many. But in fact, the British record of Permanent War stretches back much further. Seumas Milne commented in the Guardian that empire forces ‘were involved in violent suppression of anti-colonial rebellions every year from at least the 1760s for the next 200 years, quite apart from multiple other full-scale wars’.

Mar 19 08:26

Britain to push for 'tougher sanctions' against Russia

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday he will push for tougher EU sanctions against Russia at a forthcoming European leaders' meeting.

"I will push European leaders to agree further EU measures when we meet on Thursday," Cameron said in a statement, warning that "Russia will face more serious consequences."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey; what happened to the gas?!?"

Mar 19 08:24

British army 'blocked investigation into treatment of Iraqi prisoners'

Military police officer says she was stopped from examining claims UK troops killed unarmed fighters and mistreated others

Mar 17 13:32

UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

An anonymous reader writes "The UK minister for immigration and security, James Brokenshire has called for the government to do more to deal with 'unsavoury', rather than illegal, material online. 'Terrorist propaganda online has a direct impact on the radicalisation of individuals and we work closely with the internet industry to remove terrorist material hosted in the UK or overseas,' Brokenshire told Wired.co.uk in a statement."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unsavory? MOI?!?

Mar 17 11:46

Head of Press TV London Detained By MI5 British Intelligence

According to Press TV, Mehdi Mirtaleb (photo, above), the Iranian owner of a London-based television production company was taken into custody over the weekend. Judging by the lack of any information or additional media coverage of the incident, it is unknown whether or not he is still in custody.

Mar 17 07:34

Met strip searches 4,600 children

More than 4,500 children have been strip searched by the Metropolitan Police over the last five years, figures show.

Some 4,638 children between the ages of 10 and 16 were asked to remove their clothes before being searched by police between April 2008 and the end of 2013. Around a third of them were then released without charge.

The figures were obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act.

They also show that Met officers strip searched just over 134,000 people between 2009 and 2014, of whom 10.5% were females and 3.5% were children.

Last year 803 children had to undergo the procedure, compared with 683 in 2009 and 990 in 2010, the newspaper said.

A strip search involves a suspect being required to remove some or all of their clothing and can require searches of body cavities, including intimate areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, now we know where the pedophiles who flunked priest school wound up! :)

Mar 17 07:31

The Banality Of The Guardian Of Judea

The once well-respected Guardian has been reduced in recent years into a lame Zionist mouthpiece - a light Jewish Chronicle for Gentiles consumption. Last week, the paper launched an attack on Martin Heidegger, the 20th century’s most influential philosopher.

“Heidegger's 'black notebooks' reveal antisemitism at core of his philosophy” the paper’s headline read. But what does that mean? Was Heidegger really a Jew hater? Did he oppose people for being ethnically or ‘racially’ Jewish or was he, instead, critical of Jewish politics, culture, ideology and spirit?

Mar 14 09:36

Bank of England: Bankers may have to return bonuses

Bankers may have to return their bonuses up to six years after receiving them, the Bank of England has said.

Repayment could be ordered in the event of bankers' "misbehaviour", big losses at their bank or bad risk management, said the Bank.

The banking system came under scrutiny after many banks were bailed out by billions of pounds of taxpayers' money following the credit crunch.

Mar 14 07:48

David Cameron labels Iran's government a 'despotic regime' in speech to Israeli parliament as he accuses Tehran of arming Palestinian militants

Prime Minister David Cameron denounced Iran's government as a 'despotic regime' in a speech to Israel's parliament today accusing Tehran of making 'despicable' efforts to arm Palestinian militants.

The address to the Knesset was staunchly pro-Israeli, and Cameron delighted his hosts by claiming Jewish ancestral roots and talking tough on Iran, which is in negotiations with world powers on curbing its contested nuclear ambitions.

'I share your deep scepticism and great concern about Iran,' Cameron said. 'I am not starry eyed about the new regime,' he added, referring to the election last year of President Hassan Rouhani, seen as a relative moderate in Iran.

Mar 13 08:08

David Cameron pledges 'unbreakable' support for Israel

In his first visit to Israel as PM, David Cameron condemns Iran for "despicable" terrorist ties and reveals Jewish ancestry

Mar 12 10:40

HAGUE OUT OF HIS DEPTH: RUSSIA’S ENERGY GRIP ON EUROPE IS REAL

In Spanish bull-fighting, the man with the red cape is known as El Matador. He pretends he can stop the bull, but in the end is only attempting to fool the beast. When the Matador gets too fancy with his moves however, he sometimes ends up getting trampled by the beast. Either way, the crowd gets their money’s worth.

William Hague’s verbal show of force towards Russia is about as convincing to the crowd as that dusty old red cape.

Mar 12 07:55

Former UKIP MEP accuses Nigel Farage of paying his wife and former mistress using public money

Nigel Farage has been accused of employing his wife and former mistress using public money.

The Ukip leader faced questions in the European Parliament over allegations about his employment of wife Kirsten and spin doctor Annabelle Fuller using Brussels’ allowances.

But today he dismissed the claims as ‘absolute nonsense’ and a fresh attempt to damage his party ahead of European elections in May.

Mar 12 06:36

David Cameron urged to acknowledge Jewish state on Israel trip

David Cameron will arrive in Israel on Wednesday under pressure to acknowledge the country as the Jewish homeland.

Groups representing some British Jews hope Mr Cameron will acknowledge Israel’s status as the world’s only Jewish state on his first visit to the country in office.

Mar 11 06:56

Ukraine crisis: I'm prepared to hit City to punish Putin, says David Cameron

Russians could be hit with asset freezes and travel bans "within days", Prime Minister says, even if it harms the City and British industries

Apr 05 07:19

Surgery bans elderly patient over her carbon footprint

An elderly woman was ordered to find a new GP because the “carbon footprint” of her two-mile round trips to the surgery where she had been treated for 30 years was too large.

Apr 05 06:25

Guenter Grass, German Nobel Winner, Criticizes Israel Over Iran Tensions

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," Grass wrote in his poem titled:

"What must be said"

The 84-year-old Grass said he had been prompted to put pen to paper by Berlin's recent decision to sell Israel a submarine able to "send all-destroying warheads where the existence of a single nuclear bomb is unproven."

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," he wrote. His poem specifically criticized Israel's "claim to the right of a first strike" against Iran.

Apr 04 23:23

Surprise Video Changes Syria “Timeline”

Al Jazeera’s Shaping of the Syrian Story

Of all the myths obstructing the honest portrayal of events in Syria this past year, none has been more fiercely guarded by regime-change advocates than this one stark falsehood:

Myth – the Syrian regime has only been shooting unarmed, peaceful protestors until very recently when opposition groups finally decided to arm themselves in self-defense.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Apr 04 19:11

In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

Apr 04 14:51

Britain's mad-house foreign policy

Stuart Littlewood highlights Britain's double standards and contradictory policies in the Middle East: on the one hand irrational belligerence and warmongering towards Iran even though this is contrary to British national interests, and on the other cosying up to and taking its cue from Israel, a criminal, aggressive state whose behaviour contradicts British values and interests.

Mar 14 09:01

London From Above (63 Pics)

London From Above (63 Pics)

Mar 13 16:19

Two 'Israelis' arrested at Heathrow after making 'inappropriate comments about Iran' during flight from Las Vegas

Two men accused of being disruptive on a plane were arrested at Heathrow Airport, police said today.

The pair, who are believed to be Israeli, were passengers on a British Airways flight from Las Vegas to London, flying into Terminal 5.

The men, aged 28 and 33, were alleged to be making repeated comments about Iran.

Mar 13 16:06

Home Secretary approves extradition of student Richard O'Dwyer over pirate TV website

Theresa May has approved the extradition of a British student to the United States for running a website that provided links to pirated films and television shows.

Richard O’Dwyer, 23, a computer science student at Sheffield Hallam University, faces up to 10 years in a federal prison for operating TVShack for three years until December 2010.

Mr O’Dwyer’s mother, Julia, said her son had been “sold down the river by the government” in comments designed to embarrass David Cameron as he arrives in Washington for talks with President Barack Obama.

She warned that Britain’s extradition treaty with the United States meant American authorities could come for the young, the old and the ill “and our government is paving the way”.

Mar 13 15:52

UK Teenager arrested for comments made on Facebook page

A teenager has been arrested for allegedly making comments on Facebook about the deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan last week.
According to Sky News, Azhar Ahmed of Ravensthorpe (19) posted comments on his profile page, criticizing the level of attention British soldiers who died in a bomb blast received, compared to that received by Afghan civilians killed in the war.
He was arrested on Friday and charged over the weekend.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "He didn't make his point very well and that is why he has landed himself in bother."

Jan 15 08:35

Caught on camera: top lobbyists boasting how they influence the PM

One of Britain's largest lobbying companies has been secretly recorded boasting about its access to the heart of the Government and how it uses the "dark arts" to bury bad coverage and influence public opinion. An undercover investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, published in The Independent today, has taped senior executives at Bell Pottinger

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA