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Jun 11 06:51

15-year-old on work experience at Keele University discovers a new planet - 1,000 light years away from Earth

A 15-year-old boy has found what astronomers, the world over, only began to find 20 years ago – a new planet, far from our own solar system – while on work experience.

Tom Wagg was at Keele University, in Staffordshire, studying data of stars in the Milky Way collected by cameras in South Africa when he spotted the new planet.

He noticed a tiny dip in the light of a star as another planet passed in front of it which can be a tell-tale sign of a new planet.

Now, after two years of further inspection, staff at the university have finally confirmed that Tom, did indeed, find a new planet and that it is 1,000 light years away from Earth

Jun 11 06:36

Web Snooping Powers Are 'Undemocratic'

A review of phone and internet surveillance says current "undemocratic and unnecessary" laws need a complete overhaul.

In the report, terror law expert David Anderson QC said that the government needed to do more to prove why security services should be able to monitor our web browsing histories for two years - as has been mooted.

He said that judges, rather than political figures, should issue warrants for interception.

And he recommended that they should lead a new oversight body - the Independent Surveillance and Intelligence Committee - to monitor activity.

Bulk surveillance should be more targeted and better overseen - but will continue.

Jun 10 15:23

John Smith: Inequality a "worrying trend in British politics" General Election 12 June 1987

John Smith attended the Bilderberg conference in 1991 and kicked off about it all saying he wanted to bring some real economists to the next one.

Jun 10 14:43

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

Jun 10 12:25

British filmmakers want Israeli film festival banned

Several film makers including Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Peter Kominsky have urged the Curzon and Odeon Cinema and Bafta to stop screenings for an Israeli film festival that is set to open this week.

Seret 2015 is title of the Israeli Film and Television festival that is due to start in London this Thursday.

Jun 10 08:54

Mass snooping fake mobile towers 'uncovered in UK'

Fake mobile towers that scoop up data from passing phones are routinely being used in London, an investigation by Sky News suggests.

Working with German security company GMSK Cryptophone, it claims to have uncovered direct evidence, the first in the UK, of at least 20 instances of the use of these cell site simulators

These portable Stingray boxes could be used to track police suspects.

The Metropolitan Police Service refused to confirm or deny it was using them.

Jun 10 08:00

British parliament votes in favor EU exit referendum

British parliament members have overwhelmingly voted in favor of plans to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union.

Jun 09 14:52

US Nukes Could Be Deployed to UK to Target Russia

The British Foreign Secretary just went on the BBC to say he thinks it may not be a bad idea.

Jun 09 14:44

US nuclear weapons in UK to escalate tensions with Russia: Analyst

The UK’s consideration to once again host US nuclear missiles over deteriorating of ties with Russia will be a “major escalation” of tensions, a former Pentagon official says.

Jun 09 14:22

Scottish police investigate Lord Janner over child sex abuse

Police in Scotland are investigating claims that Lord Greville Janner, rumored to have been a prolific child sex offender, abused a boy there in the 1970s.

Jun 09 11:28

Cameron backpedals on threat against anti-EU ministers

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has withdrawn his threat to sack ministers over an ongoing dispute on Britain’s stay in the European Union.

Jun 09 10:18

Deutsche Bank Offices Raided By Authorities

Just two days after Deutsche Bank co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen announced their resignations, the bank's offices in Germany, France, and the UK have been searched by authorities.

Jun 09 07:53

UK's largest supermarket chain Tesco will now start giving unsold food to charities.

Tesco’s chief executive has said that he does not feel ‘comfortable’ throwing out thousands of tonnes of food waste each year when it could go to helping people in need.

Jun 08 20:51

Aircrew launch personal injury claims against British airlines over toxic fumes they say causes nausea, numbness and even death

Airline crew members from several different British airlines have launched personal injury claims against their employers claiming they have been poisoned by contaminated cabin air.

At least 17 former and current cabin crew staff who believe they are suffering from Aerotoxic Syndrome have today launched civil cases against their airlines, according to Unite the union.

Aerotoxic Syndrome is the term given to the illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in jet aircraft.

Jun 08 20:49

Comparison website 'that only pushes banks paying commission': Customers lost out on up to £500 a year in interest after being misled into thinking they were getting best deal

A price comparison site only advertised savings accounts for banks it had a financial agreement with, it was claimed last night.

An investigation found that customers lost out on up to £500 a year in interest payments after being misled into thinking they were buying the best deal in the market.

In fact, Confused.com listed just ten savings accounts from the eight companies ‘it seems to have deals with’, instead of the best available, investigators from Channel 4’s Dispatches claimed.

Jun 08 20:43

Hospital bugs 'spread by use of wet wipes to clean wards' according to first study of its kind

Medical wet wipes used to clean hospital wards are helping spread deadly superbugs, the first study of its kind has revealed.

The majority of UK hospitals support the use of clinical detergent wipes in the routine cleaning of wards.

But the study discovered that in ‘every instance’ the wet wipes actually spread the superbugs from one surface to another. Cardiff University scientists said the wipes were ‘not up to the job’ of eliminating superbugs.

Jun 08 14:53

'Senior BMA doctors given secret pay rise in UK'

Confidential documents have revealed staggering secret pay hikes of up to 137% for senior members of the UK’s doctors’ union, the British Medical Association (BMA).

Jun 08 14:15

Experts warn British govt. against further cuts to social care

A further £1bn in cuts to social care will hit thousands of Britons, experts say.

Over £1bn worth of funding will be taken from social care services in the next year alone, leaving thousands of elderly and disabled people unable to perform basic tasks such as dressing, eating and washing, council care bosses have warned.

Jun 08 12:05

UK protesters demand closure of immigrant detention center

British protesters stage a rally to urge the closure of a notorious immigrant detention center in the United Kingdom.

Jun 08 12:04

'We Are Many': The Story of Bush and Blair's Great Lie

Tony Blair’s not entirely unexpected resignation from his job as Middle East peace envoy last month – and the ensuing Twitter jokes about it – coincide with the UK release of a documentary film that firmly puts him and George W Bush at the centre of this century’s Middle East disasters.

Jun 08 11:25

Cameron trips up over Europe at G7 summit, denies U-turn

British Prime Minister David Cameron tripped up over Europe at a summit of the Group of Seven Industrial nations (G7), appearing to issue an ultimatum to his own ministers over the EU only to swiftly withdraw it, saying he had been misunderstood.

The debacle was Cameron's first serious setback since he was re-elected a month ago and was all the more awkward because it concerned his flagship policy of renegotiating Britain's EU ties before holding an in-out EU membership referendum.

His uncertain handling of such an important issue is likely to be interpreted as a sign of how nervous he is to keep his fractious Conservative Party united to avoid a re-run of past splits which helped topple his two immediate predecessors.

Jun 08 11:24

Back me on European Union referendum or quit: Cameron tells ministers

British Prime Minister David Cameron sought to quell fresh signs of rebellion in his Conservative Party over Europe, warning ministers they will have to back his European Union strategy or leave his government.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting in Germany of the Group of Seven Industrial nations (G7), Cameron, who has pledged to renegotiate Britain's EU ties before offering an in-out membership referendum, signalled he would not tolerate dissent.

Jun 08 10:58

‘NHS hospitals wasting millions every year’

The latest review of the UK National Health Service (NHS) spending has revealed an excessive amount of waste, including too many staff holidays, soluble tablets and the purchase of latex gloves.

Jun 08 10:30

Poor and Lonely in Thatcher’s London

There have been other stories of poor and lonely students living in London, though perhaps none quite so poignant and profound as Amit Chaudhuri’s Odysseus Abroad. It’s Margaret Thatcher’s London, circa 1985, and Ananda, the main character, has already been in London for two years, attending a school that must be the University of London, though it is never named.

Jun 08 10:27

Nuclear missiles could be sited again on British soil in new 'Cold War' with Russia

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says there are 'worrying signs' about the increased activity of Russian forces and the UK would consider the pros and cons of taking US intermediate-range weapons.

The UK could site American new nuclear missiles on British soil amid heightened tensions with Russia, Philip Hammond has indicated.
The comments raise the prospect of a return to a Cold War-type arms race with Russia over the use of nuclear missiles.

Mr Hammond said there was “no clear sign” of an imminent attack on Ukraine but Vladimir Putin is “keeping his options open”.
But he warned against making “unnecessary provocations” against Russia, which has a “sense of being surrounded and under attack”.
Mr Hammond told BBC's Andrew Marr programme that Mr Putin “has not ruled out a military option”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the "writer" who composed this drivel:

1.Russia has absolutely done nothing provocative toward Ukraine.

2. All of the violations of the Minsk accords have been done by Ukraine.

3. Ukraine, for all its screaming that Russia has massed troops all around its borders, can not provide one shred of evidence as proof that this is happening.

It is apparent, sir, that you did not get the memo: the attempt at creating "the big lie", with which to scare people, becomes unraveled faster than an egg timer's timer.

I do not know who deeply your owners, the Barclay brothers, are invested in weapons (either legal or illegal), but if so, this was, naturally, the lie they wanted you to put out.

But in writing what you have written, it is obvious that you have neither concern for your own personal professional credibility (which is now become re-kitted, courtesy of this article) or that of the Telegraph.

Nothing that you or the Telegraph ever publish, either in print or on line, will ever be believed again, even if it might, possibly, have some relationship to the truth.

Jun 08 09:46

A Practical Vision of a More Equal Society

Anthony Atkinson occupies a unique place among economists. During the past half-century, in defiance of prevailing trends, he managed to place the question of inequality at the center of his work while demonstrating that economics is first and foremost a social and moral science. In his new book, Inequality: What Can Be Done?—more personal than his previous ones and wholly focused on a plan of action—he provides us with the broad outlines of a new radical reformism.

Jun 08 09:30

UK probation workers vote to strike

Probation workers in the Unison public sector trade union have voted by 73 percent to strike, after rejecting a zero percent pay offer for 2014.

A first strike, limited to 24 hours, is planned for June 11. Five weeks of action, short of strikes, are to follow from June 12. The latter action was supported by 88 percent of workers.

Unison, which represents 4,300 probation workers in England and Wales, in fact only called the strike ballots as a last resort. Dave Prentis, the General Secretary of Unison, declared,

“But there is still time for more negotiations and for the employers to come up with a real pay offer.”

Jun 08 09:17

A Move Closer to a Global Cashless Society: Apple Pay Coming to Britain this Summer

By Steven MacMillan

Despite sounding like an easier and more convenient way to purchase goods and services, many around the world have voiced fears over the move towards a cashless society. Apple Pay is one step closer towards a global cashless society, where cash is banned and every transaction is tracked by authorities...

Jun 08 08:53

Social Media presence will be monitored by the UK Government

While some countries are making efforts to censor online users on their blogs and social media accounts, others seem more than happy to let you express freely, so that they can monitor you more easily than ever.

Metro reports that the U.K. government has recently granted a contract to five companies that will monitor every post you make on Twitter, Facebook, or your personal blog, and provide the data to the Whitehall in real time, using filters that they provide, such as keywords and topics.

Jun 08 08:01

GCHQ urged to halt snooping on people with no terror ties

In a new legal case filed against British intelligence agency GCHQ, activist group Privacy International (PI) has called for an end to collecting information on people with no ties to terrorism and with no criminal record.

Jun 08 07:52

And the Cocaine Capital of Europe Is…

Jun 08 07:11

UK cyber attacks costs economy billions - and so do corrupt politicians

Nine in 10 large UK firms have fallen prey to cyber-attacks, costing the British economy billions of pounds, new figures suggest. These “chronic” cyber threats stem from hostile nations, terror outfits and hacktivists, a leading cyber-security chief says.

Jun 07 18:50

Berners-Lee Urges Britons To Fight The Snooper's Charter, But For One UK Tech Company It's Too Late

The economic argument that online businesses need an environment in which privacy is respected, is probably one of the few that David Cameron might listen to. As Berners-Lee notes, if a tech startup can't promise potential users basic protection for their personal data, then its product is seriously hobbled before it's even launched. That means that once the Snooper's Charter is in place -- assuming there is no rebellion by freedom-loving Conservative MPs when it comes to the vote -- people will think twice about choosing the UK as the base for a new tech company. In fact, people have already started leaving because of what the Snooper's Charter will do to their businesses.

Jun 07 18:39

MoD sought sensitive children’s data for possible recruitment drive

The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) has been blocked from accessing highly sensitive data on school students, including how rich their parents are and their academic record, which they sought to better inform them of military career opportunities.

The MoD made a request to the National Pupil Database (NPD) last year, according to the magazine Schools Week.

A spokesman for the MoD insisted to Schools Week that the request was an “error” made by someone “outside the Army’s recruitment branch.”

However, Forces Watch, a campaign group that scrutinizes recruitment in the military, said the fact that the request had been denied showed “how inappropriate the MoD’s use of the data was.”

Jun 07 18:38

Britain to send 125 more military trainers to Iraq

“We’re already the second largest contributor in terms of air strikes in Iraq, and support for the Syrian opposition,” Cameron told reporters. “But I’m announcing today that we’re increasing our training effort in Iraq. It’s a particular request the Abadi government has made, it’s a particular thing we’ve been working with the Americans on.”

Jun 07 07:11

UK to monitor Facebook, Twitter and blog for references to the Government

Ministers announced yesterday that the Government had awarded a contract to five companies who will monitor what people tweet, post to Facebook or blog about the Government and provide updates to Whitehall in real time.

Jun 07 02:26

Congratulations Tony Blair

The 21st century’s greatest war criminal is called to lead the campaign against ‘extremism’ which he himself instigated. Truth be told, it only makes sense to appoint a mass murderer to such a delicate job because only a genocidal character could be intimately familiar with the nitty gritty of institutional hatred and intolerance.

Jun 06 01:51

British government ‘committed to opposing Israel boycott’ – Foreign Office minister

A British Foreign Office minister has said the UK is committed to opposing a boycott of Israel. The statement comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned a vote by the National Union of Students (NUS) vote to boycott goods from Israel.

Jun 05 09:13

‘If I’m London mayor, Max Keiser will be economic advisor’ – George Galloway

London mayoral candidate George Galloway says he would appoint radical financial commentator and RT presenter Max Keiser to be his economic advisor if he is elected to City Hall in next year’s election.

Galloway revealed the planned appointment on Twitter, adding that “Mr Banker” should take note.

Jun 05 08:47

MI5 agents watched as I was tortured: British spies implicated as Londoner held for 13 years in Guantanamo speaks out

The last ‘Briton’ in Guantanamo Bay has given the first detailed account of how he was tortured in the presence of British agents.

Shaker Aamer says his head was repeatedly slammed against a wall while a British officer was in the room.

On another occasion, a young British officer in a red beret visited him in a ‘cage’. Both alleged incidents took place on US bases in Afghanistan shortly after his 2001 capture.

Mr Aamer’s account is one of the most serious allegations levelled at the security services for ‘complicity’ in the CIA’s notorious torture programme.

Lawyers for Mr Aamer – who has been held at Guantanamo Bay for 13 years without charge or trial – say the 48-year-old British resident is being denied freedom to keep a lid on his claims.

Jun 05 07:22

Terror Trial Collapses: Suspect Fighting For MI6 SUPPORTED Fighting Group

A terror trial taking aim at a Swedish national named Bherlin Gildo, has suddenly collapsed at the Old Bailey British court.

The suspect’s defence argued that British intelligence service MI6 was supporting the same groups that the suspect was supposedly fighting for, including the not-so-moderate ‘Free Syrian Army’ by providing them with both weapons and “non-lethal aid.”

What an embarrassment it would have been to have this come out during a trial, where hard evidence would have been presented truly exposing the British operation for all to see.

Jun 05 06:55

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign

The National Lobby of Parliament for Palestine will take place on Tuesday 23 June, from 2-6pm. As it gets closer, more and more people are contacting their MPs about the lobby. Over 1,000 letters have been sent overall, and almost 200 of those have been people requesting a meeting on the day.

Thank you to all those who have contacted their MPs so far.

Informing and pressuring our representatives in Parliament is central to our campaign. We need to make sure that our voice is heard in Westminster, and to do that we rely on people like you. This is the first lobby for Palestine that has taken place in this new parliament, so its crucial we send a strong message. Please take action to make Palestine a key issue in this coming parliament, and contact your MP and send one of the following letters to them.

Jun 04 21:59

Arms companies are making money by taking over UK schools

Europe's largest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, has applied to sponsor the failing Furness Academy. The reason is profit.

Jun 04 15:19

Germany angry over UK’s potential exit from EU

Former German Foreign Minister has warned the UK that Angela Merkel will not prioritize its potential exit from the EU and give in to demands on Britain’s relationship with the bloc.

Jun 04 14:31

Terror trial collapses after fears of deep embarrassment to security services

The prosecution of a Swedish national accused of terrorist activities in Syria has collapsed at the Old Bailey after it became clear Britain’s security and intelligence agencies would have been deeply embarrassed had a trial gone ahead, the Guardian can reveal.

His lawyers argued that British intelligence agencies were supporting the same Syrian opposition groups as he was, and were party to a secret operation providing weapons and non-lethal help to the groups, including the Free Syrian Army.

Bherlin Gildo, 37, who was arrested last October on his way from Copenhagen to Manila, was accused of attending a terrorist training camp and receiving weapons training between 31 August 2012 and 1 March 2013 as well as possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Jun 04 14:31

UK Forced to Rethink Terrorism Laws After Trial Collapse

The collapse of a trial at London’s Old Bailey after it was revealed the British Government and its intelligence agency MI6 had assisted anti-Assad militias could have lasting implications for other terrorist cases and powers of police arrest.

Jun 04 14:30

MI6 complicity in Jihad confirmed in court

Those who've been paying attention know well that Al Qaeda and ISIS were created and supported by the US, aided and abetted by Israel and NATO. Documentary evidence and numerous reports contradict the official narrative that ISIS is a direct result of Islamic fundamentalism. It is rare however for the reality to be revealed in open court as it was on Monday in the case against Swedish national, Bherlin Gildo.

Jihadist trial collapses on MI6 role: implications re other cases, foreign and intel policy

Jun 04 10:18

TTIP will legalize cancer-causing chemicals banned by EU, trade union warns

Britain could be flooded with harmful chemicals currently banned in the European Union if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is signed next week, a trade union has warned.

The GMB said chemicals that can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects and development disorders will be allowed in the EU after the controversial trade agreement is signed.

The union’s top health and safety officer expressed concern that TTIP would allow a “downward harmonization of standards” for chemicals currently banned in the EU.

In separate comments, GMB called for the UK to ensure the National Health Service (NHS) is protected from private companies if the trade deal goes ahead.

Jun 04 07:36

London council profiteering from homelessness

London’s Hackney Council has been accused of “criminalizing homelessness” after announcing a system of fines intended to tackle anti-social behavior, including rough sleeping and begging.

Jun 04 07:35

Congratulation Tony Blair

The Guardian reports this morning that Tony Blair is to take on a new role leading the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.

This is no doubt great news. The 21st century’s greatest war criminal is called to lead the campaign against ‘extremism’ which he himself instigated. Truth be told, it only makes sense to appoint a mass murderer to such a delicate job because only a genocidal character could be intimately familiar with the nitty gritty of institutional hatred and intolerance.

Jun 04 07:17

After UK student union backs BDS, Netanyahu falsely claim it supports ISIS

The national leadership of the UK’s National Union of Students (NUS) has voted to align itself with the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

In reaction, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by smearing the millions-strong organization as supporters of Islamic State, the violent extremist group also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Jun 04 07:13

Cruel UK welfare reforms force vunerable children to survive on £1 per day

Thousands of children in the UK are being pushed into severe poverty and hunger because their parents cannot work or receive government benefits, new research has found.

Jun 04 04:50

‘Poverty porn’: BBC’s new Hunger Games-style show blasted by filmmaker Ken Loach

Loach told the Morning Star: “It’s fascist TV where poverty is seen as entertainment.”

He railed against the idea of “BBC programs targeting the poorest people.”

“It shows the depths to which our public sector has sunk,” he said.

Some 24,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the show to be dropped, and a newly elected Labour MP has also joined the debate.

Jun 04 04:39

MPs David Davis and Tom Watson in court challenge over surveillance act

Tom Watson said: “The government’s decision to use emergency powers to enable it to spy on citizens shows the rights of the individual need to be strengthened to ensure the state can’t act with impunity.

“Even MPs are powerless to prevent such powers being enacted. The Human Rights Act allows us to challenge those powers in the courts but the Tory government is intent on tearing up the act and doing away with the limited legal protection it affords. It is vital that we fight for it to be retained.”

Emma Norton, legal officer for Liberty, said in a statement: “The executive dominance of parliament in rushing through this legislation – using a wholly fabricated ‘emergency’ – made a mockery of parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law, and showed a staggering disregard for the entire population’s right to privacy.

Jun 04 03:33

Netanyahu condemns UK students over pro-boycott vote

Benjamin Netanyahu led a furious Israeli backlash against Britain's leading student body on Wednesday after it voted to ally itself with a Palestinian group that campaigns for an economic and cultural boycott of Israel.

The Israeli prime minister accused the National Union of Students (NUS) of being "hostile to the truth" following a vote by its executive council to affiliate itself the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Jun 04 01:59

The Queen summed up in a photo

Jun 03 12:09

Never Mind FIFA, How about a Crackdown on the Banksters?

The belated focus of American and British authorities on the alleged wrongdoings at FIFA can be readily seen as both ludicrous and laughable when we compare that with the absolute dearth of interest by these same authorities in applying law enforcement where it ought to be applied – on the Wall Street and City of London banksters.

Both the timing of the US-launched corruption probe – in the week of FIFA’s annual conference and leadership election – plus the way that senior American and British officials, not to mention the publicity of Western news media, have weighed-in to rebuke FIFA suggests that it is all part of a coordinated political campaign authored at the highest level of government. That, in turn, suggests that there is an ulterior political agenda behind the supposed criminal crackdown on FIFA, and that the ulterior agenda is the Western objective to undermine Russia.

Jun 03 11:34

Revealed: MI5 blackmailed child sex abusers

Some reports suggest that the British Security Service, MI5, shielded pedophile politicians from prosecution to blackmail them back in the 1970s.

"There's now substantial evidence that the Security Service were condoning that, they knew of it and made use of it so as to blackmail the abusers and prevent some of the abusers being brought to book at the time," Belfast Telegraph quoted a lawyer for one of the child abuse victims as saying.

Jun 03 08:23

Snowden: NSA spies on Cameron; could have ‘backdoor’ into GCHQ

Snowden said the UK’s security agency, GCHQ, along with other US allies, was also irresponsible in letting the NSA install surveillance technology, and dictate how it is used.

“Even the systems that are operating in the United Kingdom are designed by the NSA, so you are getting US spy equipment placed in your country, and the government simply trusts the NSA to give them something that doesn’t have a backdoor, that they won’t use it against you,” said Snowden.

“David Cameron is in the databases alongside everybody else,” said the whistleblower when asked about whether US agencies had access to the records of top UK public figures.

Jun 03 08:09

Britain’s Democracy Is Broken and In Need of Serious Reform

I have always believed, perhaps naively, that in a democracy, if a system is shown to be manifestly unjust and unfair, then those who have the power to address the problem will respond positively. Action will then follow to address the grievance. Alas, this often is not the case.

Jun 03 07:46

IPSA set to raise MPs' salaries by 10%

As most Britons reel from tough austerity measures, the watchdog that regulates MPs’ pay has decided to raise their salaries by 10%.

Jun 02 15:58

£22bn NHS cuts and ‘staff burnout’ could halt Tory reforms - health trust

Plans to move the National Health Service (NHS) to a seven-day service could be hampered by increased pressure on staff, coupled with £22 billion worth of further cuts, a report has warned.

Jun 02 15:44

Charles Kennedy dies, aged 55

Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has died at his Scottish home aged 55.

No cause of death has been made public but police are not treating it as suspicious. His family has issued a statement, saying they were “devastated to lose a fine man and a loving father.”

Jun 02 15:27

Austerity is destroying British lives

Tory austerity is wrecking working class lives across Britain—and their latest assault will only make things worse.

Kath, a mother of one in Manchester, was made homeless after being hit by a string of Tory attacks.

She told Socialist Worker, “When I was 22 I got offered a flat and I ran it for four years. I then had a baby and had to move into a house.

Jun 02 15:06

Met police chief warns unfit police officers

Britain’s most senior police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has warned unfit and overweight police officers that they have no place within the forces.

Jun 02 14:45

British housing crisis is about to get even worse

The Tories launched their new right to buy scheme for housing association tenants last week.

Under Margaret Thatcher’s previous scheme only council tenants could buy their homes at a large discount.

It was a disaster that saw the loss of 1.88 million council homes while just 345,000 were built to replace them. Now it is to be extended to 1.3 million more homes.

Jun 02 14:27

British NGO targeted by the Israeli government looks set for UN accreditation

A UN committee has recommended special consultative status for a UK-based Palestinian organisation, despite Israel's efforts to block the move. The vote comes as a blow to the Israeli government and its lobby groups, who have vowed to contest the decision.

Jun 02 13:35

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of WWW, urges Britain to fight 'snooper's charter'

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has urged Britons to fight the government’s plans to extend the country’s surveillance powers, and act as a worldwide leader for promoting good governance on the web.

Jun 02 13:11

Tories unveil plan to launch new attacks on the poor

The Tories have unveiled plans to push up poverty, increase evictions and sell off more public services—and that’s only the start of their assault.

Last week’s queen’s speech detailed some of the Tories’ plans. They included cutting the benefits cap from £26,000 to £23,000, freezing most working age benefits for two years and removing housing benefit from people under 21.

Jun 02 13:11

UK shy of enough land to lock up all child sex abusers

Britain’s child protection chief says the UK does not have enough land to build prisons and put all of its child sex abusers behind bars.

Jun 02 11:56

UK banking sector ‘extremely vulnerable’ to financial crisis, report warns

Britain’s financial system is “extremely” vulnerable to future crisis under current regulations, a new report warns. The New Economics Foundation (NEF) says the UK’s banking industry is the least resilient of all G7 nations.

Jun 02 10:34

UK shy of enough land to lock up all child sex abusers

Britain’s child protection chief says the UK does not have enough land to build prisons and put all its child sex abusers behind bars.

Jun 02 10:09

Tony Blair's office deny claims he failed to appear at hunger conference because of dispute over his '£330,000 fee'

Tony Blair’s office has denied reports that plans for him to speak at the world hunger forum beginning this week in Stockholm fell down over his £330,000 fee.

Jun 02 08:21

Tim Berners-Lee urges Britain to fight 'snooper's charter'

“The discussion [in the Queen’s Speech] of increased monitoring powers is something which is a red flag … this discussion is a global one, it’s a big one, it’s something that people are very engaged with, they think it’s very important, and they’re right, because it is very important for democracy, and it’s very important for business.

“So this sort of debate is something that should be allowed to happen around legislation. It’s really important that legislation is left out for a seriously long comment period,” and not simply rushed through into law.

Berner’s Lee also warned about attempts to improve internet access around the world by offering cut-down versions of the web, such as Facebook’s Internet.org project. Users should “just say no” to such proposals, he insisted.

Jun 02 01:26

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of Power

Or should that be the language of ‘assumed’ power?

Jun 01 19:55

UK police can access personal data hundreds of time per day

Privacy campaigners in the UK say British police are granted access to private phone and email records of people almost every two minutes.

Jun 01 15:03

‘Oliver Twist’ children used in organized crime

Britain’s anti-slavery commissioner has warned about the ‘Oliver Twist’ scenarios in UK streets, saying criminal gangs are using children to pickpocket, steal and beg in nationwide criminal operations.

Jun 01 14:50

Britain risks following Nazi lead on human rights

A UN special rapporteur says the United Kingdom risks following the lead of Nazi Germany by its possible withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Jun 01 14:35

UK shy of enough land to lock up all child sex abusers

Britain’s child protection chief says the UK does not have enough land to build prisons and put all its child sex abusers behind bars.

The Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England, Sue Berelowitz, who is currently chairing a government inquiry into the problem, pointed out that the public would be shocked by the sheer scale of the problem when she reports in November, the Telegraph said.

Jun 01 14:35

British monarch money kept in check

The UK queen’s income is under scrutiny after public funding of the monarchy is increased, while other public services are affected by austerity cuts.

Jun 01 14:09

UK Police granted personal data access 26 times every hour, study reveals

British police officers are given access to communications data approximately 643 times every day, according to figures revealed in a new study.

Jun 01 14:03

UK police can access personal data hundreds of time per day

Privacy campaigners in the UK say British police are granted access to private phone and email records of people almost every two minutes.

This was released under the freedom of information laws requested by ‘Big Brother Watch’ which found more than 730,000 requests for communication data between 2012 and 2014 across the UK.

Jun 01 12:47

UK - Police failing children forced into ‘Oliver Twist’ street crime, says anti-slavery charity

An anti-slavery charity has accused British police of failing trafficked children who are forced into petty crime after the UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner warned Oliver Twist type scenarios still exist in London.

Jun 01 09:48

Cost of living unbearable for millions of Londoners

A recent report published by Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy reveals that it is much harder to make ends meet in London than anywhere else in the country.

London is home to around 12 percent of Britain’s population.

Jun 01 09:47

Obesity is the new smoking: NHS England

NHS England’s chief executive Simon Steven has warned parents and teachers against high sugar consumption and emphasized the need to tackle overeating with the same passion as teen pregnancy, drink driving and smoking.

Jun 01 08:56

US defense chief urges UK to boost army spending

The US defense chief has warned that the UK could become “disengaged” if it refuses to commit to further spending on its defense.

Jun 01 07:26

The Queen owns every dolphin in Britain… and other royal atrocities

The Business Insider published an interesting report this week highlighting some of the strange powers that Queen Elizabeth II has, although the royal family is presented as a purely ceremonial elite with no actual political power.

May 31 18:48

UK’s Independent Newspaper Blows Lid Off Vaccine Damages

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Finally it’s happened! A member of the mainstream press has the intestinal fortitude to publish the carefully ‘kept secret’, secret about vaccines and vaccinations: They cause dramatic life-altering damage and more frequently than “evidence-based medicine” or “consensus science” owns up to or MDs, the medical profession, public health agencies and pro-vaccine acolytes acknowledge.

The UK’s Independent Newspaper published some extremely damning vaccine adverse drug reaction (ADR) information on May 31, 2015...

May 31 16:33

Israel Is A Discredit To America — Paul Craig Roberts

Jeffrey St. Clair, one of the few remaining Western journalists with a moral conscience, describes the latest Israeli horror to which we are all accomplices.

The Israel Lobby tries to prevent reports and criticism of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians by branding every critic of every policy of the extreme right-wing Israeli government an “anti-semite.” In other words, if you object to Israeli armed forces shooting down Palestinian children in the streets and then bombing the funerals of the kids the Israelis have already murdered, you hate Jews and are an anti-Semite.

The success that the Israel Lobby has enjoyed in imposing this twisted logic on Congress, the White House, the media, the universities and the insouciant American public is astonishing. As a consequence, Americans are no longer answerable to Christian morality but to the evil that the Israel Lobby represents.

May 31 15:04

Russia and China mock divide and rule

Divide et impera? It’s not working. And it’s bound to fail miserably.

As it stands, what we do know is that 2015 will be a hair-raising year in myriad aspects... we all still remain under the sign of a fearful, dangerous, rampantly irrational Empire of Chaos.

Russia could outmaneuver Western financial markets by cutting them off from its wealth of oil and natural gas. The markets would inevitably collapse – uncontrolled chaos for the Empire of Chaos (or “controlled chaos”, in Putin’s own words).

In a different vein of the “soft beds of the East” seducing Marcus Aurelius, the silky splendors of chic Beijing offer a glimpse of an extremely self-assured emerging power. After all, Europe is nothing but a catalogue of multiple sclerosis and Japan is under its sixth recession in 20 years.

May 31 14:59

US preparing for war with China and Russia to save the banks

“There’s a general recognition growing that the driving force for this war is the utter collapse of the entire Western banking system,” Billington said.

“And the view from London and Washington and New York is we have to go to war, we cannot allow this BRICS alliance between Russia, China, India, South Africa and most of Latin America creating new financial institutions to take away our ability to loot the resources in the developing sector,” Billington noted.

May 31 14:32

International law and crimes against humanity

Lawrence Davidson examines how states that are apt to commit crimes against humanity, such as Israel and its Western protecters, are wilfully eroding international law using spurious excuses, to the detriment of ordinary people.

May 31 13:31

Decrepit US Resorts to the Viagra of Militarism

The increasing deployment of American navy, warplanes and missile systems – under the guise of «protecting its partners» – is fuelling militarization of the territorial disputes.

US deteriorating relations with China are the latest manifestation of America’s self-declared «manifest destiny» to behave like a global hegemon.

The increasing deployment of American navy, warplanes and missile systems – under the guise of «protecting its partners» – is fuelling militarization of the territorial disputes.

China, for its part, says that its own military presence in the region is to protect its voluminous trade routes. Beijing has pointedly refused to cease its maritime development projects, mainly land reclamation in shoals and reefs that it says are strictly within its territorial limits.

May 31 08:18

UK's elderly face National Health Service discrimination under new UN death targets

Elderly people will be treated like second-class citizens and denied medical care under new targets which give priority to saving the lives of young people.

May 31 04:42

UK Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

Police in north London have seized blankets, sleeping bags and food donations from rough sleepers in a crackdown on homelessness.

May 31 04:40

London council threatens homeless with £1,000 fines for sleeping rough

A council has been accused of treating the homeless as a 'nuisance' after threatening rough sleepers with £1,000 fines.

May 31 02:36

POETS’ TALK — Where do we fit in in ‘the march of Time’?

The gatekeepers have, I believe, crucified American poetry upon a cross erected by “language poets,” “identity poets,” “politically correct poets,” “apolitical poets” and general nincompoops -- Gary Corseri

The Arts have fallen into an era of petite academicism, crass commercialism and manipulated populism. So, our challenges are many; they are harsh; let us hope they will be invigorating!

Poets who do not see, who do not confront what is out there and around them-- are cowards! Which needn’t mean that that is ALL we must do! But… we must see and confront what surrounds us at some point! Not always…, but when it’s right to do so. To advocate that we always do it is asking us to be propagandists.José M. Tirado

May 30 11:19

Londoners to hold anti-govt. rallies

Traffic on Westminster bridge in London was brought to a standstill on Saturday as hundreds of protesters occupied the road to paint a huge message decrying the government’s austerity agenda.

May 30 11:10

UK benefit cap may push 40K kids into poverty: Leaked memo

Tens of thousands of British children may be pushed into poverty by the UK government’s bid to lower the household benefit cap, a leaked memo to ministers shows.

Ministers claim that changes to the cap included in the upcoming employment and welfare benefits bill will bring fairness for the taxpayer while still offering support for those most in need, the UK-based daily Guardian reported Friday. However, according to the newspaper, an internal government estimate shows if parents are not able to find extra work, the policy will place 40,000 additional kids on or below the official poverty line.

May 30 11:06

UK banks involved in FIFA scandal

British banks have allegedly been party to corrupt transactions worth millions of dollars linked to FIFA, according to legal papers from the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

Barclays and HSBC were named in the papers after the US DoJ noted millions of dollars linked to the corrupt football organization had been moved through their accounts.

May 30 08:59

Greville Janner - How "People in High Places" Covered Up for a Parliamentary Pedophile

The Lord Greville Janner affair shows no signs of winding down despite the best efforts by the authorities to kick it into the long grass. Each week brings new revelations about the former President of the British Board of Jewish Deputies, who is suspected of at least 22 cases of child sexual abuse.

Up until now the scrutiny has mainly focused on how, although said to be too ill with dementia to be tried, the 86-year-old founder of the Holocaust Education Trust was able to take part in parliamentary debates, collect a hundred thousand pounds in expenses, and was compus mentus enough to sign over his property deeds to his children thereby putting them out of range of any damages litigation.

May 29 14:36

UK agents 'protected -armed + worked with NI paramilitary serial killers' - hundreds of deaths

BBC Panorama: Britain's Secret Terror Deals (FULL EPISODE)

British security forces have been accused of involvement in dozens of murders during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Reporter Darragh MacIntyre investigates

drug dealing - arm sales - explosive accounts!

May 29 14:05

US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalize Russia

The melodrama had the air of a politically driven media campaign for maximum publicity.

?But the real goal of the full-frontal assault on FIFA, which involved dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Swiss city Zurich, seems more to do with American political purpose to damage Russia’s World Cup plans. That objective has to be seen in the context of Washington’s aim to isolate and destabilize Moscow in an ongoing geopolitical battle that is currently centred on Ukraine.

Russia’s World Cup plans appear to be now similarly targeted for an ulterior political agenda. Within hours of the US-launched arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, the football federation was obliged to state that the forthcoming World Cup in Russia was not in jeopardy of cancellation over related claims of wrongdoing in the selection of that venue.

May 29 14:01

A Critique of US “Grand Strategy toward China”

If one were to propose a realistic and reasonable ‘US Grand Strategy toward China’ one would have to start by shedding all the false assumptions and bellicose proposals that have been put forth by the CFR and the authors of the Report under review.

The US should not attempt to block China’s growth and expansion; it should assist and share in its ascendancy, especially in the face of great global climate and energy challenges. Washington is much more likely to strengthen its Asian – Pacific partnership and succeed in its diplomacy if it replaced its military posturing with robust economic growth.

May 29 09:35

The U.K. proposes new law that will force Google, Apple & Facebook to decrypt and hand over messages from suspects under investigation

The U.K. government has not given up on the idea that its secret services must be given access to communications between individuals who are suspects in an ongoing investigation, even if said communications are protected by encryption.

May 29 07:39

George Galloway tweets his intention to run for London mayor

The Respect party leader, George Galloway, has announced his intention to run for mayor of London in 2016.

Galloway, who lost his seat in Bradford West in the general election, launched his bid on Twitter on Thursday, tweeting a photograph of himself sitting on a bed next to his infant son. “Dad, you’ve got to do this. I’ve got your back!” a caption on the photograph reads.

May 29 07:37

Britain is Set to Open the Door to Cancerous GMO

In March of last year, David Cameron’s chief science advisers pressed for the government to allow the cultivation and spread of GMO crops in Britain, in addition to criticising “dysfunctional” European Union (EU) regulations which at the time restricted the quantity of GMO food in the European food supply.

May 29 07:36

In the Same Week, the U.S. and U.K. Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking “National Security”

The tribunal’s rationale is that “full disclosure of the document would have ‘an adverse effect on relations’ with Bahrain, where the U.K. is keen to build further economic and defence ties.” In other words, disclosing these facts would make the British and/or the Bahrainis look bad, cause them embarrassment, and could make their close friendship more difficult to sustain. Therefore, the British and Bahraini populations must be denied access to the evidence of what their governments did.

May 28 15:48

UK economy has officially slowed after ONS confirms no change to disappointing GDP that grew just 0.3% at the start of the year

A slowdown in the growth of the UK economy that took experts by surprise and was expected to be revised higher has been confirmed today.

Economists had hoped that the Office for National Statistics would raise its estimate of UK growth from 0.3 per cent to 0.4 per cent when it announced its second reading of data this morning, but there has been no change on last month's first reading.

The first estimate is based on less than half of the data that eventually make up the GDP reading, while the second takes in far more.

May 28 15:38

Google and Whatsapp will be forced to hand messages to MI5

The Conservatives are planning new laws to force some of the world's biggest internet companies including Google, Apple and Facebook to hand over encrypted messages from terror suspects

May 28 10:30

UK agents 'worked with NI paramilitary killers'

British security forces had thousands of agents and informants working inside Northern Ireland paramilitary groups, the BBC's Panorama has learned.

The undercover operatives were recruited by the Army, MI5 and Special Branch and many were involved in criminality and murder.

Ex-Met Police commissioner Lord Stevens said the agents caused huge problems in Northern Ireland.

May 28 08:55

To beat ISIS, kick out US-led coalition

It is time to cut these losses and bring some heavyweights into this battle against extremism.

Baghdad and Washington are pointing fingers, each accusing the other of being asleep on the job.

An objective look at US interests in the region paint an entirely different picture. The Americans seek to maintain absolute hegemony in the Mideast, even as they exit costly military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Their primary interests are 1) access to low cost oil and gas, 2) propping up Israel, and more recently, 3) undermining Russian (and Chinese) influence in the region.

May 28 08:43

In Stunning Threat to Free Speech Britain To Outlaw "Hate" and "Extremism"

So the government gets to decide what is "hateful" and "extreme?" I'm sure they will make sure that Zionists in Britain only say nice things about Palestinians!

This bill is aimed at Muslims and those on the dissident right. While some in Britain are extreme in their Islamic views, I see this bill also being used to outlaw discussion of Zionist crimes in Palestine and any open discussion of the Holocaust that doesn't back the official 6 Million story.

May 28 08:33

Britain is Set to Open the Door to Cancerous GMO

By Steven MacMillan

This summer, British scientists are expected to begin field trials of a genetically modified (GMO) potato dubbed by proponents the ‘super spud’, whose developers boast will be free of fungal diseases and other pest problems. GMO maize and rapeseed oil could also be grown in England by the end of this year, as Westminster is pushing for more GMO foods to be introduced into the UK food supply...

May 28 08:13

Thomas Rowsell - From Runes to Ruin: Anglo-Saxon Heathen Culture

Tom Rowsell is a writer, film maker and historian living in London, England. He holds a Master's degree in Medieval History and is a traditionalist with a perennial spiritual philosophy. Tom is with us to talk about his film, From Runes to Ruins, the first ever documentary about Anglo-Saxon paganism. To begin, Tom explains his motivation for creating a film that is meant to contribute to the identity and dignity of the people of today. We discuss the phenomenon of our disenchanted youth, many of whom amble on meaningless paths with no connections to ancestral roots or culture.

May 27 09:00

?‘Spying on everyone’: Tories to introduce wider-than-expected surveillance powers

The legislation, which some say is driven by the fallout of the Edward Snowden leaks, will include the controversial ‘snoopers’ charter’ as well as a concerted attempt to strengthen the security services’ capacity to capture bulk intelligence date.

No details of how this strengthening will take place have yet been released.

The extension of powers will come as a surprise to many, as will the speed with which they are being brought into effect.

May 27 08:45

Children targets of terror probes in UK

There are growing concerns about the U-K government’s anti-terror strategy after primary school children in London were given a questionnaire which appeared to target Muslim kids. Civil liberties campaigners object to the questions that risk future sanctions for the children and their families.

May 26 20:11

Labour, Tory and Lib Dem MPs had details of expenses deleted from Wikipedia pages

Details of MPs' expenses and opposition to same-sex marriage were deleted from their Wikipedia pages using computers from inside Parliament in the run up to the general election, a report has found.

Dozens of MPs had negative aspects of their online biographies removed or altered prior to the election in a bid to make them more electable, according to the Telegraph.

The changes include several instances of MPs' expense claim scandals being removed, as well as details of arrests and the use of "chauffeur-driven cars".

The investigation found these amendments to the MPs' Wikipedia articles were made on computers that had their IP addresses registered inside the Commons.

May 26 10:43

US Shoots Itself in the Foot Escalating Tensions With Russia, China, Iran

The Obama administration has repeatedly sent wrong signals to Russia, China and Iran, slamming the countries for non-existent expansionism and so far showing the disheartening dysfunction in America’s foreign policy, former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer Philip Giraldi underscored, according to Sputnik.

US President is shooting himself in the foot, but he should wake up and realize what is going on "before Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush arrives on the scene to make everything worse"the former CIA officer Philip Giraldi concluded.

May 26 09:21

Experts warn about UK security laws

A group of UK legal academics has sent a letter to the country’s MPs calling for a proper assessment of the risks posed by Britain’s security laws.

May 26 09:20

London to host anti-Tory rallies

Londoners are set to hold a large anti-government demonstration during the state opening of parliament on Wednesday.

May 26 08:38

Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

First, we must learn the facts and face the truth that the U.S. is the biggest war maker in the world.

Second, we must commit ourselves and organize others to a true revolution of values and confront the corporations and politicians who continue to push our nation into war and inflate the military budget with the hot air of permanent fear mongering.

Third, we must admit what our country has been doing wrong, and we must make amends for the violence that the U.S. has waged on countries all over our world.

May 26 08:35

Why is the US Trying to Replace the Assad Government With al-Qaeda in Syria?

Be careful what you wish for

Regime change is full of unintended consequences.

In the case of Syria, our opposition to the Assad government is so obstinate that we are apparently promoting the defeat of a government that is not our enemy in order to replace it with one that is.

May 26 07:15

Britons not happy with current status quo

The prime minister and the president met at Chequers this week in an effort to reach an understanding.

May 25 12:24

‘Britain not bound by European court of human rights’

A British judge renowned for his report on press ethics, Brian Leveson says UK courts no longer automatically defer to European Court of Human Rights’ rulings.

May 25 11:11

A Poem On War

Beyond the count of years I walked the world,

and my children built their shrines to me.

Decades and centuries and millennia pass,

and still the shrines are built.

Temples insubstantial to men,

clear to my eyes.

No foundations or walls or roofs,

but shrines nonetheless.

Holy ground, consecrated

Today, every day, somewhere in the world,

the earth is prepared for my coming.

My hallowed grounds are everywhere.

In valleys and on mountains,

on broad plains and deep in hidden passes,

in deserts, on city streets.

Nameless, unremembered places.

May 25 10:30

Roger Scruton On The Rotherham Rapes Coverup

As an example of the cowardly, defeatist, ethnomasochist cancer rapidly eating away the vital organs of Western civilization, the “grooming” scandals in the English town of Rotherham have made less of a stir than they should have.

May 25 09:55

Muslims who stop shopping at Marks & Spencer could be radicals, warns top cop

Britain’s most senior Muslim policeman says teenagers who stop drinking and wearing western clothes may also be becoming extremists in stark warning

May 25 09:54

Fresh shame for Barclays as it's revealed that it paid a trader a staggering £170million AFTER the global economic meltdown

A trader at Barclays bank was paid £170million in the five years after the financial crisis brought the country to its knees.

Jonathan Hoffman, 42, earned the vast sum at a time when banks were under pressure to reign in bonuses to avoid the risky behaviour which triggered a global economic meltdown.

May 25 08:43

EU citizens banned from UK referendum vote

The British government has announced that citizens from most EU countries will not be allowed to vote in a planned EU referendum vote.

May 25 08:11

UK’s elite colleges not monitoring sexual abuse on campus

More than half of Britain’s elite universities do not keep records on the extent of sexual abuse perpetrated against their students, a report reveals.

May 25 07:30

Police Brutality in the UK

Over the past year, police brutality in the USA has become a global concern. The killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Grey triggered protests not just in their home states but worldwide, with a new campaign group “Black Lives Matter” emerging to protest the ongoing deaths at the hands of US police. The Oxford Union hosted a packed debate on whether the US is ‘institutionally racist’ earlier this year, and the deaths, protests and trials resulting from the killings have all made regular headline news.

May 24 21:47

Police brutality in the UK: The case of Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah

Over the past year, police brutality in the US has become a global concern, but the continued deaths at the hands of UK state officials have received far less attention.

May 24 10:38

Paedophile Mason ran lodge set up for GCHQ

One of Britain’s most influential paedophiles was the head of a Masonic lodge founded and frequented by GCHQ spies.

May 24 09:14

Some 3,000 Vietnamese children enslaved by gangs in UK: Report

Some 3,000 Vietnamese children are enslaved by criminal gangs in the UK to work in brutal conditions in the European country, a report says.

May 24 07:18

Paedophile Mason Keith Harding ran lodge set up for GCHQ (UK's NSA)

The Sunday Express revealed earlier this month how Harding met MPs Cyril Smith and Leon Brittan in the 1980s when he ran a north London antiques store.

Thirty-five years ago he appeared alongside paedophile television presenter Jimmy Savile in a Christmas special of Jim’ll Fix It.

The lodge boasts of its Government Communications Headquarters heritage on its website.

A source close to Harding revealed: “The Mercurius Lodge is known as the Spies Lodge because it was set up by GCHQ and over the years many intelligence officers have become members.

“These are people trained to find out sensitive information and yet none of them had any idea of Keith’s background and past convictions.

May 24 04:27

Forced adoption in UK

Adoption without the consent of a child’s biological parents remains a controversial issue in the UK, one of only two European countries that practice “forced adoption”. Many families felt they had no choice but to seek refuge in Ireland or other foreign country. Human rights activists have raised concerns about social workers’ integrity and the fairness of the system.

May 23 15:32

Quarter of UK army personnel want to quit

A recent Ministry of Defence survey has found that a quarter of those serving in the UK's armed forces want to quit. In 2011 the number of military personell that were planning to leave or had handed in their notice was 16% but that has risen by almost 10% in the last 4 years.

May 23 14:12

Wrong email reveals UK's EU exit project

The Bank of England says it is studying the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it "inadvertently" sent details of its work to the Guardian newspaper.

May 23 11:00

Jeb Bush, James Baker, and the Pro-Israel Mega-Donors

What is the issue, that gets little attention in the mainstream, is that the presidential candidates find it necessary to pay obeisance to ultra-powerful individuals who represent the interests of Israel, not the United States.

What exists now is a “passionate attachment” to a foreign country on steroids that undercuts American security.

For while the mainstream media is analyzing in microscopic detail Jeb’s stumbling over his Iraq war response, it naturally ignores that third rail in contemporary American politics, the power of the Israel lobby.

May 23 08:25

Labour peer Lord Janner was re-appointed to a parliamentary committee last JUNE - despite being 'too ill' with dementia to be interviewed by police over child sex claims

Alleged paedophile Lord Janner was re-appointed to a parliamentary committee last June despite being 'too ill' with dementia to be interviewed by police, it was revealed today.

The Labour peer was put on Parliament's joint committee on consolidation bills - which considers how to combine complex acts - six months after detectives raided his home in London.

It was also three months after detectives searched his office at the House of Lords, during their investigation into allegations against him of sexually abusing boys, Exaro has found.

His appointment also came shortly after police sought advice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) because Janner's lawyers were claiming that he was in no state to be interviewed because of dementia.

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May 23 08:00

Did the Metropolitan Police send staff to Israel during last year's Gaza assault?

Last November, a post appeared on the blogging platform Medium which claimed that between March 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 - a period of six months - some 80 employees of London's Metropolitan Police had "travelled to Israel."

This overlaps in part with Israel's unprecedented assault on the Gaza Strip, which lasted from July 8 to August 26. During 'Operation Protective Edge', Israeli armed forces killed some 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children.

May 22 15:37

State censorship: Tory minister slams Home Sec’s plan to sanitize UK TV shows

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of trying to introduce state censorship of TV broadcasters by a senior Conservative minister in a leaked letter.

Former Culture Secretary Sajid Javid wrote to Prime Minister David Cameron in March to express his opposition to May’s proposal to give British broadcast regulator Ofcom new censorship powers.

May 22 14:17

UK cabinet clash in censor row

Former culture secretary Sajid Javid has publicly condemned Home Secretary Theresa May’s plans to censor British broadcasting in order to combat extremism.

May 22 13:31

BBC Admits to Broadcasting Pro-Israel Propaganda -

May 22 12:19

‘Astounding lack of oversight’: UK foreign aid decried by NGOs, cautioned by watchdog

The UK government has been criticized for the increasingly close relationships it has encouraged between businesses, aid delivery and development following an audit by a development watchdog.

May 22 11:17

Cash for influence? 38 British MPs accepted over £60k in gifts from tobacco firms

Tobacco firms have gifted British MPs with lavish hospitality worth over £60,000 since 2010, an investigation reveals. Almost 50 percent of these MPs voted against plain tobacco packaging in 2015.

May 22 10:04

BBC neutrality questioned after presenter found guilty of pro-Israeli bias

The impartiality of the BBC when reporting on Middle Eastern issues has once again been called into question

May 22 09:36

?Tory plans to seize illegal workers’ pay will push migrants into slavery - campaigners

Prime Minister David Cameron will give police new powers to seize the wages of illegal workers in a fresh bid to deter migration amid allegations the law will push vulnerable people into “modern slavery.”

May 22 09:29

Israel’s Descent into Barbarism — Norman Finkelstein

“Israeli troops go on a rampage in the West Bank, kill Palestinians, demolish Palestinian homes”

Paul Jay of the Real news Network interviews Norman Finkelstein about his new book: Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza.

May 22 09:28

UK police give rape victim £20,000

A rape victim who was not taken seriously and arrested after complaining to the police has received an apology and a £20,000 payout.

May 22 09:24

Cyber-attack leaves millions of British students without access to online resources

Millions of staff and students at over 150 centers of further education were left without access to their online resources following a cyber-attack on the University of London Computer Centre.

May 22 09:02

US embassy worker in London arrested for 'sextortion'

A State Department employee has been arrested on charges of scamming and blackmailing hundreds of women from his computer at the US Embassy in London.

May 22 08:46

UK Conservatives plan to scrap Human Rights Act

The incoming Conservative government is to replace the 1998 Human Rights Act with a British “Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.” It will curtail the power of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Britain, which has overturned a number of decisions in the British courts, including deportation orders and the refusal to grant some prisoners the right to vote in elections.

May 22 08:31

Tories plan to jail, fine illegal migrant workers amid highest immigration figures since 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled new laws to prosecute migrants working illegally in the UK as immigration figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal that net immigration reached 318,000 in 2014.

May 22 08:29

Hope – versus Neoliberalism – an Ode to Solidarity

The new apparent Hope – is it what my friend Finian Cunningham says – the first ‘eye blinking’ by Washington facing Russia?

We are so thirsty for hope, hope for another, more just, more equitable world, we see hope in the first ‘blinking of an eye’. Hope is good. Hope is the basis for action. And action must be the consequence of hope – hope that not all is lost. Action to break that impasse of neoliberal all-engulfing greed must be simple. We have become strangers to ourselves. We must return to our roots, recognizing where and why we failed to diagnose the beast. Our awakened, re-kindled sense of consciousness may lead us to what we have lost – our inherent sense of solidarity.

Let’s hope together for that to happen – to happen soon, for the suffering is too great to endure much longer. We, the 99.99 % have it in our power to stop this misery and save our planet.

May 22 08:20

State censorship: Tory minister slams Home Sec’s plan to sanitize UK TV shows

UK Home Secretary Theresa May has been accused of trying to introduce state censorship of TV broadcasters by a senior Conservative minister in a leaked letter.

May 21 13:47

Ex-Lib Dem MP blames poll debacle on ‘Tory fear campaign’

Former business secretary and senior Liberal Democrat MP, Vince Cable, has said that he was the victim of a Tory fear campaign.

May 21 13:30

Justice system still failing UK disability hate-crime victims

Victims of disability hate-crime are still being let down by the authorities, despite earlier recommendations to change the system.

May 21 12:41

Britain’s anti-terror law and the global assault on democratic rights

In the year marking 800 years since England’s Magna Carta, which asserted that kings could not simply impose their will without oversight and freemen could not be punished unless they violated the law of the land, Britain’s new Conservative government is preparing a massive assault on civil liberties.

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