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Aug 15 10:55

No power to the people? UK govt watchdog blocks new grassroots energy co-ops

The British government’s financial watchdog has been accused of blocking new community projects aimed at challenging the dominance of big energy corporations.

In the past six weeks, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has prevented a number of new applications for energy co-ops on the grounds that they did not have enough members to participate.

Aug 15 07:57

Electoral Commission scrutinises donation to Conservatives

The Electoral Commission has agreed to scrutinise a donation connected to a Russian banker to the Conservative Party following a complaint by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The Bureau made the complaint on 8 July after the Party refused to comment on whether Andrei Borodin, a former president of the Bank of Moscow, was behind a £40,000 purchase of a portrait of Margaret Thatcher auctioned at the Party’s 2013 summer fundraiser.

Aug 15 07:35

No power to the people? UK govt watchdog blocks new grassroots energy co-ops

The British government’s financial watchdog has been accused of blocking new community projects aimed at challenging the dominance of big energy corporations.

In the past six weeks, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has prevented a number of new applications for energy co-ops on the grounds that they did not have enough members to participate.

However, campaigners argue this has not been an issue for green energy co-ops in the past.

Aug 15 05:16

Has Clinton Made Her Second Pro-War Mistake?

Cease fire talks between Israel and Hamas have been extended for an additional five days.

The extension in the talks was made possible because Hamas is standing firm in its humanitarian demand that Israel lift the siege on Gaza, while Israel is feeling the negative worldwide vibes over its massive military assault.

The vibes are negative everywhere, that is, except in the U.S., where in an Atlantic interview, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to kick off her 2016 presidential campaign with a ringing endorsement of Israel’s massive assault on the Palestinians of Gaza.

For his part, as the man who holds the reins of responsibility, President Obama has called a halt to U.S. Hellfire missile shipments to Israel until arrangements are made to clear with the White House all future transfers of Hellfire missiles.

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Aug 15 05:09

Mourning Rubble for Gaza

I hoped that some might find value in this.

When darkness overcomes us

And Hope lies in the past

What in our hearts sustains us?

How do we make love last?

When our weakness overwhelms us,

And we watch as children die,

How can we breathe this still foul air?

What makes us even try?

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Aug 14 22:33

The Beginning of World Shift

Russian Strategy in the Face of Anglo-American Imperialism
by Thierry Meyssan
Voltaire Network | Damascus (Syria) | 13 August 2014

Anglo-Saxon agression against Russia is taking the form of financial and economic warfare. However, Moscow is preparing for armed hostilities by developing its agricultural self-sufficency and multiplying its alliances. For Thierry Meyssan, after the creation of the caliphate in the Levant, Washington would lay down a new card in September in St. Petersburg. The ability of Russia to maintain its internal stability will determine the course of events.......

Aug 14 10:58

Tory strategist Lynton Crosby deletes criticism of Phillip Morris links from Wikipedia

The Conservatives’ election guru, Lynton Crosby, has allegedly been caught editing his own Wikipedia page to bury his links to the tobacco industry.

According to a report produced by Channel 4 News, information relating to the business affairs of Lynton Crosby, an Australian political strategist, had been removed by staff at his consultancy firm, Crosby Texor.

Aug 14 09:01

Britain decides to keep on arming Israel

Britain remains determined to keep on arming Israel, judging by a decision taken by one of the most senior figures in the UK government this week.

Vince Cable, the business secretary, has reviewed 130 licenses granted for exporting British weapons to Israel. On Tuesday, he announced that just twelve of these licenses would be suspended “in the event of a resumption of significant hostilities.”

Aug 14 08:48

Debt Rattle Aug 12 2014: The Lost Art of Empire

....perhaps help is on its way, from sources that are likely even more unlikely than the cavalry. That is to say, the – right-wing – Daily Telegraph in Britain has started reporting on the dark sides of Ukraine’s government, and our attitude towards the country. Over the weekend, Christopher Booker wrote:

Fresh Evidence Of How The West Lured Ukraine Into Its Orbit

How odd it has been to read all those accounts of Europe sleepwalking into war in the summer of 1914, and how such madness must never happen again, against the background of the most misrepresented major story of 2014 – the gathering crisis between Russia and the West over Ukraine,

For months the West has been demonising President Putin, with figures such as the Prince of Wales and Hillary Clinton comparing him with Hitler, oblivious to the fact that what set this crisis in motion were those recklessly provocative moves to absorb Ukraine into the EU. There was never any way that this drive to suck the original cradle of Russian identity into the Brussels empire was not going to provoke Moscow to react – not least due to the prospect that its only warm-water ports, in Crimea, might soon be taken over by Nato.

Aug 14 08:47

UK stores implement ‘tracking mannequins’

Several large retailers in the United Kingdom have begun testing a new type of mannequin that sends digital alerts to shoppers’ cell phones as they walk past.

Aug 14 07:18

NATO is desperate for war

All hail Ukraine as the new Somalia; a fitting Frankenstein created by the exceptionalist Empire of Chaos.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is desperate; it is itching for a war in battlefield Ukraine at any cost.

Let’s start with Pentagon supremo, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has waxed lyrical over the Russian Bear’s “threat”: “When you see the build-up of Russian troops and the sophistication of those troops, the training of those troops, the heavy military equipment that’s being put along that border, of course it’s a reality, it’s a threat, it’s a possibility – absolutely.”

Aug 14 05:15

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president pointed to the fact that Netanyahu’s “poll numbers are a lot higher than mine,” which “were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza.”

Obama argued that “if he [Netanyahu] doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking on the settler movement.”

Aug 14 04:47

US wanted Britain to build 2nd Guantanamo – report

Britain could have had its own Guantanamo Bay, according to classified documents detailing discussions between the US and Tony Blair’s government.

The prison, which could have been built in the British territory of Diego Garcia, would have hosted up to 500 detainees, and like the Cuban prison, would have been allowed to operate outside the normal parameters of international law.

The plans, detailed in documents seen by The Telegraph, were dismissed on the grounds that CIA and other intelligence agencies could have used the island to secretly fly terror suspects to “black site” prisons across the world.

Aug 13 18:41

The mammoth global “free trade” agreement you’ve never heard of

'It is astounding that at a time when we are still reeling from the devastating consequences of reckless financial deregulation, our governments are negotiating further deregulation of the financial sector, solely in the interests of large financial corporations.'

Here's what we know: Fifty countries, including the United States, the EU nations, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Turkey, have been in TISA talks since 2012. The resulting agreement will set the terms for almost 70 percent of global trade in “services”: everything from banking and construction to telecom and tourism.

The public got its first glimpse of the treaty on June 19, when WikiLeaks published a draft of the agreement's chapter on financial services. It wasn't pretty.

READ FULL ARTICLE: http://inthesetimes.com/article/17065/tisa_tpp_and_ttip

Aug 13 17:12

HSBC cancels account of carpet shop after after it purchases 3 carpets from Iranian businessman

(and it didn't help that the name of the carpet shop was Persian Carpet Studio)

After writing to his MP, Tim Yeo, he received a letter from the Treasury which confirmed the shop was 'perfectly in order to sell Persian carpets'.

He added: 'It said we never ever tried to send any money to Iran. We are not breaking any sanctions. The business was perfectly legitimate.'

He has accused the bank of being frightened of a US treasury department who are handing fines to banks linked to sanction- breaking or money laundering activities.

He went on: 'All our banks are so frightened of what the US Treasury department is doing to them, that they are running around like headless chickens and closing down anything to do with Iranian connections.

'Our Government is not doing anything to protect our banking industry. I think the US Treasury is trying to decimate the UK banking industry for their own gain.'

Aug 13 15:53

How convenient! City boss made a peer by the Tories had handed them £333,000 - just WEEKS earlier

A City financier who was made a Tory peer on Friday had given the party more than £330,000 just weeks earlier, it emerged yesterday.

Michael Farmer’s latest donation is believed to take the total value of his gifts to the Conservatives close to £7million.

His appointment sparked a cash-for-honours row, with critics claiming wealthy donors were able to buy places in the legislature.

Aug 13 15:53

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

Aug 13 15:51

We'll airlift refugees to safety, says Cameron: RAF will send in Chinooks to rescue 30,000 Yazidis from Mount Sinjar

The Prime Minister returned 24 hours early from holiday to say the RAF will join a US-led mission to airlift the desperate members of the Yazidi sect – helped by special forces units.

It was confirmed last night that SAS and SBS troops are already on the ground, supported by specialist signals and reconnaissance forces.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Britain’s trade envoy to Iraq, said they had been in place for at least six weeks.

Aug 13 14:54

Britain has "historic responsibility" to defeat Islamic State, says Kurds' security chief

Masrour Barzani called on the West to make a “decision to eliminate Islamic State for good” because the Kurds’ Peshmerga fighters lacked modern weapons to counter the extremists’ captured tanks and armoured vehicles

Aug 13 13:30

Critic: Censored Report Shows UK Government has 'Something to Hide' About Fracking

Critics of fracking in the United Kingdom assailed the British government on Monday for their heavy-handed censorship of an internal government report on the impacts of the shale oil and gas drilling technique.

The draft government report, titled Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts, published by the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (or Defra), has information redacted 62 times in just 13 pages.

Aug 13 13:20

US wanted Britain to build 2nd Guantanamo – report

Britain could have had its own Guantanamo Bay, according to classified documents detailing discussions between the US and Tony Blair’s government.

The prison, which could have been built in the British territory of Diego Garcia, would have hosted up to 500 detainees, and like the Cuban prison, would have been allowed to operate outside the normal parameters of international law.

Aug 13 13:20

Israel-Gaza conflict: Petition to send Royal Navy hospital ship to Gaza reaches 50,000

More than 50,000 people have signed a petition calling on the British government on to send a Royal Navy hospital ship to Gaza to help the spiralling number of causalities there.

Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Argus is a 100-bed seafaring hospital, which has a “four bay operating theatre with a 10 bed Critical Care Unit, a 20 bed High Dependency Unit and a CT Scanner”, the Ministry of Defence states on its website.

It is currently moored in Falmouth, yet in light of the fighting that has been raging between Israel and Gaza and the 2,000-plus lives that have been lost in the conflict, campaigners are urging the government to step up its humanitarian aid to the region.

Aug 13 13:17

Sanctions against those on sickness benefit up 350 per cent in Government crackdown

Soaring numbers of sick or disabled people are being punished by having their benefits taken away in a Government crackdown that experts say is pushing the most vulnerable in society to destitution.

The use of sanctions against those on sickness benefits has gone up by 350 per cent in a year as part of an aggressive drive to push more people into work. Those with serious health conditions can have their benefits removed for up to three years because of minor mistakes, such as missing an appointment at the Job Centre or forgetting to attend skills training.

Lone parents are also having vital benefits withdrawn for months - and even years - for failing to jump through the relevant hoops to prove they are seeking work.

Aug 13 10:37

Washington Chokes Truth With Lies — Paul Craig Roberts

Are Western propagandists fooling anyone but themselves?

The latest absurdity coming out of Ukraine, the EU and Washington is that the humanitarian aid that Russia and the Red Cross are trucking into the former Russian territories that comprise eastern Ukraine is a trick, a deception, a pretext for Russia’s invasion forces. Such a preposterous lie tells us that Western propagandists have no respect whatsoever for the intelligence of Western peoples.

Even a moron should understand that if Russia wants to send military forces into Ukraine, Russia doesn’t need any pretext, much less a joint humanitarian venture with the Red Cross. The eastern Ukraine, following Crimea’s lead, has already voted both independence from Kiev and in favor of rejoining Russia. If Russia needed an excuse, the decisions by the eastern Ukrainians made months ago suffice. But Russia needs no excuse to rescue Russians from being slaughtered by Washington’s stooges like Palestinians in Gaza.

Aug 13 08:35

A month of solidarity in London — does the BBC get the message?

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of London last Saturday (August 9), honoring the call for a global “day of rage” in response to the ongoing Israeli atrocities in Gaza. The organizers estimate that 150,000 protesters attended, making it the biggest Gaza-solidarity demonstration ever to take place in Britain.

The organizers set a precedent by choosing to launch the demonstration from the headquarters of the BBC in London. The choice was justified, as it reflected the common sentiments shared by almost everyone who’s followed the news organ closely. For weeks, the anger at the “balanced” coverage the BBC claims to produce, has been building steadily, as each day brought with it more bad news from Gaza. To quote Tariq Ali in his interview with the BBC’s Mark Sanders: “we shouldn’t underestimate the anger with the BBC at its coverage of the Palestine-Israel conflict. In all my experience, I have never known a demonstration to begin outside the BBC headquarters; that’s how angry people are…”

Aug 13 02:42

Boycott Israel: Now More Than Ever

It bears repeating. Committed ordinary people can make a difference. It’s the only way constructive change is possible. Bottom up alone works. Never top down. Israel’s day of reckoning awaits.

For many decades, Israel waged genocidal war against millions of defenseless Palestinians with impunity.

Accountability is long overdue. High crimes against peace were committed. Culpable Israeli officials must be punished to the full extent of the law.

The global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for freedom, justice and equality works. Applying them with stepped up teeth more than ever is vital.

Aug 13 02:22

Israel furious as UN unveils Gaza probe team

Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive.

Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

Aug 12 22:00

HSBC closes accounts of Syrians in UK

British banking giant HSBC has been accused of racial profiling after closing accounts belonging to Syrian refugees and students living in the UK.

Aug 12 15:43

‘Death trap’ prisons: UK government policy ‘responsible’ for soaring inmate suicides

Staff shortages and acute overcrowding in Britain’s prisons are so serious they are fuelling a rise in suicides amongst UK inmates, the Chief Inspector of Prisons warns.

Chief Inspector Nick Hardwick told the Independent on Tuesday it was simply “not credible” for the coalition government to refute a direct link between mounting pressures on Britain’s prison system and a dramatic increase in suicides.

Aug 12 15:43

Cancer drug row puts greed before need

The row over drugs pricing this week may have wiped six months off the lives of 1,500 women.

Kadcyla, a drug to treat an aggressive type of breast cancer, has been deemed too expensive for the NHS.

The price that its manufacturers, Roche, were charging has not been disclosed—though they began talks by demanding £90,000 per patient.

Pharmaceutical giants have turned the holding of seriously ill people to ransom into something of an art form.

Aug 12 15:13

Scotland's currency row masks ruling class fears of independence

The first televised debate about Scotland’s coming independence referendum took place last week between Alistair Darling, representing the Better Together campaign, and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond.

It generated a media storm over issues of “who won” and the future of the currency in an independent Scotland.

Aug 12 09:07

52% of UK voters believe Israel acted disproportionately over Gaza – poll

A majority of British voters believe Israel acted in a disproportionate manner during the recent Gaza conflict, according to the latest Guardian/ICM poll, which lends support to the arguments that persuaded Lady Warsi to resign from the government.

Amid hopes that the month-long conflict between Israel and Hamas could be ending as a ceasefire continued to hold, the poll also found greater opposition to Israel than to the Palestinians.

The poll found that 52% of voters believe Israel acted disproportionately when it responded to the firing of rockets by Hamas by launching air strikes against the Gaza Strip. It found that 19% thought Israel had acted proportionately while 29% of those polled did not know.

The findings will lend weight to the argument of Lady Warsi, who resigned last week as a senior Foreign Office minister after criticising David Cameron for his "morally indefensible" failure to describe the Israeli action as disproportionate.

Aug 12 06:48

Hillary Clinton’s Criminality in Benghazi

Last week, former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton writes that her handling of the Benghazi crisis of September 11, 2012 actually provides more impetus for a White House run.

Rather than trotting around the book circuit claiming the mantle of White House frontrunner thanks to her inaction and malfeasance in Benghazi, she should be sitting in the defendant’s chair in a court of law.

The question for Hillary Clinton is not whether she should be president. The question is whether she should be in prison.

Aug 12 06:43

NYT Discovers Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis at War

Now, as the Ukrainian military tightens its noose around the remaining rebel strongholds, battering them with artillery fire and aerial bombardments, thousands of neo-Nazi militia members are again pressing to the front as fiercely motivated fighters determined to kill as many ethnic Russians as they can. It is a remarkable story but one that the mainstream U.S. news media would prefer not to notice.

The New York Times reported almost in passing on Sunday that the Ukrainian government’s offensive against ethnic Russian rebels in the east has unleashed far-right paramilitary militias that have even raised a neo-Nazi banner over the conquered town of Marinka, just west of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

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Aug 12 05:43

Private healthcare industry buying MPs who will vote to privatize areas of Britain's NHS

Resigning minister Mark Simmonds earnt 417 pounds an hour for his “consultancy” work for Circle Healthcare, a group looking to profit from the massive privatisation of NHS services and functions. He had to give it up during his time as Minsiter, but presumably can now go back to it. Simmonds gets 50,000 a year from Circle, broken down into 12,500 payments once a quarter, for ten hours a month. That is 417 pounds an hour.

This is blatant corruption. Simmonds has no great expertise worth that money, it is simply that the private healthcare industry is buying the MPs who will vote to privatise areas of the NHS to them. New Labour are just as bad as the Tories. Alistair Darling received 12,000 pounds for one after dinner speech to Cinven Ltd, a firm which does nothing but benefit from privatisation of NHS services. Was it because Alistair Darling is just the entertainment people want after a good dinner? No, they were buying his vote. New Labour and Tory MPs are both up to their eyeballs in NHS privatisation money.

Aug 12 05:33

The Guardian's Editor Rusbridger - "A Handmaiden to Power", says Craig Murray

Rusbridger’s Guardian has become an unrepentant unionist, zionist, and neo-con New Labour propaganda vehicle. Particularly deceitful is their attitude to the security services and the “war on terror”, where Rusbridger stands revealed as a handmaiden to power. He was, a very senior Guardian source told me, particularly upset when I described him as “Tony Blair’s catamite”. Let me say it again.

Let me give you a specific case to illustrate my point.

On 2 August the Guardian published a piece by Jamie Doward and Ian Cobain which, on the face of it, exposed the British Foreign Office for lobbying against the publication of the US Senate report on extraordinary rendition, lest details of British complicity become public.

On the face of it, a worthy piece of journalism exposing deeply shady government behaviour.

Aug 12 04:51

Top Conservative MP 'revealed secrets of Bloody Sunday to Northern Irish rent boy'

Former Attorney General Sir Michael Havers is today accused of passing on state secrets to a rent boy in the aftermath of a sordid sex party in Westminster.

The Northern Ireland lad, now 59, claims the top Tory told him of bombshell top-level decisions that led to the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre.

He says Havers “squeezed” him as he told him of private ­discussions that made clear what Prime Minister Ted Heath thought about the Derry ­shootings in which 14 people died.

The former rent boy , who was then 20, said he listened in awe as Havers began spilling secrets to him just three years after the massacre following one of the debauched parties now at the centre of the Westminster MPs sex scandal.

Aug 12 04:39

Four UK nuclear reactors forced to shut down in safety alert

Four nuclear reactors are to be closed temporarily following a safety alert.

The need to investigate a fault in a boiler system means that the reactors will be out of action for around eight weeks.

Two reactors at Heysham, Lancashire, and two at Hartlepool, County Durham, will close tomorrow, according to French energy giant EDF.

Two reactors at Heysham, Lancashire will close tomorrow so a fault in a boiler system can be investigated, according to French energy giant EDF

Together the four units serve three million homes, supplying 10 per cent of Britain’s nuclear power.

Aug 11 20:37

Eric Margolis: What If There's a Real War in Ukraine?

Russia and the West are at war – over fruits, veggies, pork and bank loans. The cause is Ukraine, a vast emptiness formerly unknown to the western world, but now deemed a vital national security interest worthy of a risking a very scary war.

Economic embargos such as those launched by the US against Russia may seem relatively harmless. They are not. Trade sanctions are a form of strategic warfare that is sometimes followed by bullets and shells.

Think, for good example, of the 1940 US embargo against Japan that led Tokyo’s fateful decision to go to war rather than face slow, economic strangulation. How many Americans know that President Roosevelt closed the Panama Canal to Japanese shipping to enforce demands that Tokyo get out of Manchuria and China?

Aug 11 16:02

Second British Foreign Office minister quits

Britain's Africa minister Mark Simmonds resigned on Monday, barely a week after another Foreign Office minister quit over the government's policy on Gaza.

Officials insisted that Simmonds' decision was unrelated to that of Sayeeda Warsi, who quit last Tuesday in protest at the government's failure to take a tougher line against Israel over its assault on Gaza.

Simmonds had decided "some weeks ago" to leave but agreed to stay to chair a UN meeting on the Democratic Republic of Congo last Thursday, a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office said.

Aug 11 15:37

Fracking fears for the North York Moors after oil company gains permission to drill for gas

Environmental campaigners fear an oil company's plan to drill for gas in one of Britain's national parks is a stalking horse for a future bid to carry out fracking in the area.

Third Energy, backed by banking giant Barclays, is set to begin working Ebberston Moor in the North York Moors after winning permission to get rid of a vast amount of potentially radioactive waste water – that will come up with the gas – by pumping it back into the ground.

Aug 11 15:36

150,000 protest in London against Israel’s siege of Gaza

Saturday saw the largest British demonstration to date against the Israeli military siege of Gaza. People from all over Britain joined the march from the BBC’s headquarters to Hyde Park. The media talked of “tens of thousands” of protestors, but the organisers’ estimate of 150,000 was closer to the mark.

The demonstration, called by eight organisations, including Stop the War Coalition and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), was part of a day of protests internationally against Israeli military attacks on Gaza.

Aug 11 15:34

Nearly 60k sign petition to send Royal Navy hospital ship to Gaza

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition demanding the British government send hospital ship RFA Argus to Gaza to help treat the escalating number of causalities. Downing Street has so far committed a small team of NHS medics.

Currently moored in Falmouth, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Argus is a 100-bed nautical hospital, which has a “four-bay operating theater with a 10-bed Critical Care Unit, a 20-bed High Dependency Unit and a CT Scanner,” according to the Ministry of Defence website.

Campaigners are pushing the UK government to increase its humanitarian aid to the region as the death toll in Gaza broaches 2,000. Their goal is 75,000 signatures.

Aug 09 09:34

‘Shameless’ HSBC shuts Syrian refugees’ bank accounts in Britain

HSBC has been accused of “shamelessly profiling” its customers by ethnicity after it closed bank accounts belonging to Syrian refugees and students in the UK just days after it was accused of discriminating against Muslim clients.

Aug 08 07:49

Israel accused of war crimes (UK Parliament)

Aug 08 07:09

National Demonstration for Gaza. Saturday 9 August. No excuses. Be there

National Demonstration for Gaza
London Saturday 9 August
Assemble 12 Noon BBC Portland Place
March to Hyde Park via US Embassy

No excuses. This must be the largest ever UK demonstration for Gaza.

Aug 07 09:46

British MP George Galloway Declares His City 'Israeli-Free'

Controversial far-left British MP George Galloway has declared his constituency an "Israel-free zone", in comments that are bound to invite further allegations of racism.

The notoriously anti-Israel Galloway told a meeting of the Respect Party which he heads that Israelis of any persuasion were "not welcome" in Bradford, where serves as MP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good for George!

Aug 06 09:42

Britain’s Israel Lobby, The Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) Pressures HM’s Goverment: Is David Cameron Complicit in War Crimes?

Is David Cameron’s refusal to condemn what is apparently a prima facie war crime by the IDF, in Gaza, worrying evidence that the CFI, Conservative Friends of Israel, (AKA the British branch of the Israel lobby) has infiltrated government to the extent that it now influences UK foreign policy in the same way that AIPAC in America determines the US foreign policy agenda?

Yesterday’s resignation of a former Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party, the talented, ex Minister of State at the Foreign Office, Baroness Warsi, would seem to indicate that such a situation does indeed pertain within the Cameron government to the obvious detriment of democracy; the adherence to international law and the Geneva Conventions and the sanctity of human life – in particular, that of the child.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, YA THINK?!?!?!?

Aug 05 10:30

Riots break out in Calais

Channel 4 News reporter Paraic O'Brien is on the scene in Calais as fighting breaks out between Eritrean and Sudanese gangs who are trying to get to the UK.

Aug 05 08:20

UK activists shut down Israeli arms factory

For nearly a month, Israel has bombarded Gaza from land, sea and air. More than 1800 Palestinians have lost their lives and war crimes have been committed. To our collective shame, the UK government has not only failed to take action to pressure Israel to stop its massacre, but has refused to take steps to end the material support it provides to Israel’s brutal regime of apartheid and colonialism. When governments support crimes against humanity, grassroots movements must take direct action.

A group of activists from the London Palestine Action network have today (5/8/14) chained the doors shut of an Israeli weapons factory based near Birmingham in the UK and are now occupying the roof. As part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) and in response to calls for action from Palestinian movements, we are demanding the permanent closure of the factory and an end to all forms of military trade and cooperation with Israel.

Aug 05 08:15

Replay: Gaza supporters stage rooftop protest at UAV Engines factory

Live coverage of the occupation protest by the London Palestine Action at the UAV Engines factory in Shenstone, near Sutton Coldfield.

UAV Engines is a subsidiary of Israel drone manufacturer Elbit, which protesters claim makes machines used in military attacks on Gaza.

Aug 04 10:24

BEX ALERT - British FM: Anti-Semitism likely to rise due to Gaza op

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned on Saturday that the country could see a rise in anti-Semitic attacks as a result of the fighting in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Nobody can ever find fault with what Israel does. You just KNOW that. You SHOULD know that. You should BELIEVE that! All these protests are just anti-Semitism and jew-hate because if anyone else but Israel was bombing little babies into bloody pulps, nobody would care!" -- Number 9 3/4

Aug 04 10:02

Britain 'attempts to censor' US report on torture sites

The government stands accused of seeking to conceal Britain's role in extraordinary rendition, ahead of the release of a declassified intelligence report that exposes the use of torture at US secret prisons around the world.

The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation programme, due to be released in days, will confirm that the US tortured terrorist suspects after 9/11. In advance of the release, Barack Obama admitted on Friday: "We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values."

Now, in a letter to the human rights group Reprieve, former foreign secretary William Hague has confirmed that the UK government has held discussions with the US about what it intends to reveal in the report which, according to al-Jazeera, acknowledges that the British territory of Diego Garcia was used for extraordinary rendition.

Aug 04 10:02

British navy evacuates nationals from Libya

A British navy ship has evacuated British nationals from Libya, the defence ministry said, as worsening security there is forcing thousands to flee.

The HMS Enterprise, which had been on a Mediterranean deployment, evacuated 110 people on Sunday, mostly British, from the capital Tripoli, ambassador to Libya Michael Aron wrote on Twitter.

"A number of passengers were transferred to Enterprise by boat and given supplies for the journey," the ministry said in a statement.

Aug 02 11:02

UK Parliamentary Defense Committee demands NATO Prepare for Confrontation with Russia

The UK’s parliamentary Defence Committee has demanded that Western military powers strengthen NATO to prepare for confrontation with Russia.

The report by the cross-party group of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs complains that the “NATO alliance has not considered Russia as an adversary or a potential territorial threat to its Member States for twenty years” and has now only been “forced to do so as a result of Russia’s recent actions” in eastern Ukraine.

In the interim, NATO alliance has been weakened as member states have cut their defence budgets leaving it “ill-prepared” to face up to Russian “aggression” and potentially lacking the “collective political will to take concerted action…”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has the UK's Parliamentary Defense Committee gone collectively barking mad, or are they suffering from SMD (Selective Memory Disorder)?!?

Let's take a look at the timeline here.

1. Ukraine's duly elected government was sacked in a putsch, and a Western/European/Central European Bank-enabled junta was installed.

2. Without a duly elected government in Kiev, Crimea had a free and fair referendum enabling to become attached to the Russia Federation.
Please remember: Russia did not ANNEX Crimea: the people of Crimea voted to rejoin Russia, a country to which it had always been attached until the mid-50s when it was annexed to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev.
3. Russia has done absolutely nothing wrong in this case; it cannot possibly be seen as the aggressor. There is no gathering of troops or equipment on the Ukrainian/Russian border, and OCSE officials are saying that there are no violations of the border from the Russian side.
4. The Western-backed Poroschenko, however, has been lobbing bombs on areas of Eastern Ukraine, and killing civilians. This is a war crime. He refuses to negotiate, or even hear their grievances. His military also has been lobbbing bombs into Russian territory.

The only "threats" Russia (and ultimately, China) present is economic. This is about preventing more trade the the ruble and the yuan, period, end of discussion.

A shooting war against Russia would be absolute, utter madness.

And if you want any evidence of "how well" NATO is doing militarily, all you have to do is look at their performance in Afghanistan, over the last 13 years and counting, and that should give you a clue as to how well they would do against Russia, which is to say, terribly badly.

Aug 01 10:46

Gaza Strip: Captured Soldier Hadar Goldin Believed to be 'British-Israeli' [FIRST PHOTO]

The soldier that has allegedly been captured by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip hours after the start of a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire is believed to be a British-Israeli cousin of Israel's defence minister Moshe Ya'alon, according to British media reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, now we KNOW this was staged by Israel, as they need to counter the growing pressure by the British people on Parliament to stop sending weapons and money to Israel.

Jul 31 10:24

London 1 August: Protest for Gaza at Israeli Embassy

Free Palestine Protest
Stop Israel's attacks on Gaza
Friday 1 August 5.30-7.30pm
Outside the Israeli Embassy
High Street Kensington
London W8 4QB

The total killed in Gaza after 24 days of relentless Israel attack is over 1,400. More than 8,000 are injured. Another school bombed on 29 July, killing at least 16, became the sixth UN facility attacked by Israel. Gaza's main power station has been destroyed. On 30 July, a food market was bombed, killing at least seventeen people. This is mass murder on an industrial scale and deliberate destruction of the territory's infrastructure.

The massacre must stop now. If David Cameron had a shred of humanity, his government would be imposing sanctions and implementing an immediate arms embargo on Israel.

Jul 30 12:03

Tory MPs' visit to Israel condemned as bad timing

Labour MP criticises visit to military facility in Israel by the Conservative Friends of Israel as Cameron calls for ceasefire

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As is the case with the Canadian politicians, they visit Israel and are briefed by Israeli government officials, but do not visit the West Bank or Gaza.

Jul 29 10:24

Britain’s Plague of Pederasty and Power

As the bombs drop in Gaza and in eastern Ukraine, another siege has been underway in Great Britain. A sustained barrage of a different kind of bombshell continues to rain down on the centre of power in Westminster…

An epidemic of paedophiles, or to be more accurate, of ‘Pederasts‘, has for decades, freely festered in and around the governing institutions and media and entertainment in the UK.

Past proponents of the sordid practice (image, left, of ancient paedohile folklore), like the part publicly-funded Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), were even paid to lobby for a more relaxed paedophile culture in Britain, including active lobbying to lower the age of consent to 12 years old. Many of those who were involved or helped to facilitate PIE’s presence in Westminster – are still in government, or quango organisations today.

Jul 29 08:44

Palestine solidarity goes mainstream in UK as 100,000 march in London

For the second consecutive weekend, tens of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of London on Saturday, 26 July, in a massive show of support for the people of Gaza and all of Palestine.

That support is growing fast — and public opinion is leaving the politicians and traditional media, still stuck in their backing for the colonizer, Israel, far behind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We see those politicians and corporate media for the monsters they truly are.

Jul 27 08:08

Hundreds protest on King Street during Gaza demo

The police were out in force in the city centre today as hundreds of Gaza protesters clashed with campaigners carrying Israeli flags.

Tactical Aid Units were called in as Palestinian flag and banner bearers tried to boycott city centre shops they claimed are linked to the Israeli campaign against Hamas in Gaza.

Speakers in the Palestinian camp spoke out against the bombing of Gaza, hailed the protest as peaceful and not racist, and appealed to participants not to engage with any objectors.

Even child speakers were handed the loud speaker to appeal for peace.

Jul 25 10:01

National Demonstration: Stop the Massacre in Gaza 26 July London

STOP THE MASSACRE IN GAZA
DEMONSTRATE SATURDAY 26 JULY
ASSEMBLE 12 NOON ISRAELI EMBASSY
MARCH TO PARLIAMENT

Jul 24 11:00

Historical Moment - Non-Eviction in Nottingham.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The British people stand up to the mortgage fraudsters!

Jul 24 10:46

Cameron claims export licenses allowing UK arms sales to Russia don’t breach embargo

UK Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain has not breached an embargo by selling military equipment to Russia, following MP demands to clarify the government’s position on UK-Russian arms deals.

The embargo was enacted “with immediate effect” on March 18 by then-Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Heated criticism of British arms deals with Russia emerged after a group of MPs revealed over 200 licenses allowing the sale of British military equipment to the Russian Federation. These revelations surfaced in a report published on Wednesday, conducted by four separate House of Commons committees.

Jul 17 08:01

Campaigners call on UK government to end military ties with Israel

Campaigners are calling for the UK to end its military ties with Israel.

The UK has consistently given extensive political and military support to Israel. Earlier this year the Prime Minister, David Cameron, described his support for Israel as "unbreakable".

Jul 17 07:19

Israel Accused Of War Crimes (UK Parliament)

Highlights from a UK parliamentary debate in which MPs variously accused Israel of war crimes, disproportionate violence, ruining peace negotiations by building illegal settlements, running the worlds largest outdoor prison, collective punishment, and attacking water supplies, hospitals, supply centres and all manner of other civilian targets.

Jul 16 07:39

The child abuse controversy reinforces what voters already think of sleazy MPs

There is something odd, and revealing, in YouGov's latest poll. We asked a series of questions about the controversies surrounding suggestions that senior politicians in the 1970s and 1980s abused children, and that this was covered up.

Jul 15 21:21

Britain: “Secret Service Infiltrated Paedophile Group to ‘Blackmail Establishment’”

BRITISH security services infiltrated and funded the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange in a covert operation to identify and possibly blackmail establishment figures, a Home Office whistleblower alleges.

Jul 14 08:13

Britain Buys Water Cannons; Fears Civil Unrest From Government Workers

he British government has just invested in water cannons because they are fearing the rising tide of civil unrest as austerity is forcing the reduction of state workers and their pensions. I have been warning that unemployment will rise, but this time it is going to flow more so from the state and municipal workers. In the UK, hundreds of thousands have took to the streets to protest against the austerity measures of the government. Prime Minister Cameron has no choice for this is the collapse of socialism. Those who think I am anti-poor or whatever, are missing the point. It is the rising cost of government that is out of control and NO LEVEL of tax increase can reverse this trend.

Jul 14 07:26

Photos That Make the Rude Pundit Want to Toast with a Pint of Thornbridge Ale and Then Drink Until He Pukes

That up there happened yesterday in London. Similar marches occurred all over Great Britain. It's a strike and protest from anywhere between 500,000 and a million workers (depending on who's counting) in unions for teachers, firefighters, and other civil servants in response to the government's offer of a contract that gave them a 1% raise after wages were frozen in 2010. As huge trade union Unison put it, "The current government offer leaves most workers with pay worth almost 20% less than in 2010. Falling pay also means loss of pension for the rest of your life."

Jul 11 09:06

Huge public sector strikes hit Britain

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you choose to live a simpler life, that is austerity. When the government orders you to live a simpler life, that is DICTATORSHIP!

Jul 11 08:10

Tony Blair - a 'Peace Envoy' or an Israeli Ambassador? (must watch)

Tony Blair is not a Sabbath Goy, he actually works for Israel 24/7. In this shameless performance on Ynet (11/7/2014), Israel’s most popular media outlet, Blair misses an opportunity to communicate with Israelis and explain to them for the first time the context in which the conflict is taking place. Blair obviously prefers not to upset the Israelis. Bearing in mind the scale of the crimes Blair committed in Iraq on behalf of Israel and the Jewish Lobby, it is understandable. Israel is probably the only country that is willing to give him a shelter.

Jul 10 10:41

Files on UK role in CIA rendition accidentally destroyed, says minister

The British government's problems with missing files deepened dramatically when the Foreign Office claimed documents on the UK's role in the CIA's global abduction operation had been destroyed accidentally when they became soaked with water.

In a statement that human rights groups said "smacked of a cover-up", the department maintained that records of post-9/11 flights in and out of Diego Garcia, the British territory in the Indian Ocean, were "incomplete due to water damage".

Jul 08 07:40

Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot

Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive "regime change" in another Arab country they accused of spreading terror and threatening the west's oil supplies, by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures.

Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria's pro-western neighbours, and then to "eliminate" the most influential triumvirate in Damascus.

The plans, frighteningly frank in their discussion, were discovered in the private papers of Duncan Sandys, Mr Macmillan's defence secretary, by Matthew Jones, a reader in international history at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Jul 08 07:39

57 Years Ago: U.S. and Britain Approved Use of Islamic Extremists to Topple Syrian Government

BBC reports that – in 1957 – the British and American leaders approved the use of Islamic extremists and false flag attacks to topple the Syrian government:

Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive “regime change” in another Arab country… by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures.

Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 [former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom] Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria’s pro-western neighbours, and then to “eliminate” the most influential triumvirate in Damascus.

Jul 07 08:20

Child abuse files lost at Home Office spark fears of cover-up

A dossier compiled by an MP detailing allegations of a 1980s Westminster paedophile ring is one of more than 100 potentially relevant Home Office files destroyed, lost or missing, it has emerged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They must use the same back up system the IRS does!

Jun 28 09:59

UK urged by human rights groups to tell all on U.S. rendition flights to Diego Garcia

Human rights groups seeking to confirm the use of a British overseas territory as a US secret prison have uncovered evidence previously undisclosed to the government confirming that more planes were involved in the extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects around the world than had been admitted.

Based on assurances from the US, the British government has consistently denied the claims. However, experts believe ministers’ denials do not square with the testimonies of several of those held by the US, including an opponent of Colonel Gaddafi, Abdul-hakim Belhadj, and his pregnant wife, Fatima Boudchar, who claim they were detained on Diego Garcia in March 2004.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to all world leaders: in light of the fact that the US government routinely lies to its own people (even from one department of the government, the IRS, lying to another, Congress), please be assured that you have been - and will be - lied to consistently by the US government.

"Assurances" mean nothing to these people; if you do not have the ability to verify what they are saying, don't believe those assurances.

Agents of the US government will say whatever they say to get whatever they want, then gloat secretly that they have pulled the wool over the eyes of their allies yet again.

Will there be blowback by the UK when this knowledge becomes public?!? Absolutely.

But what is worse, is that the United States of America tortures, which is absolutely immoral, illegal, by our own legal statutes, and demonstrates to the world that the US government defiles the Constitution and Bill of Rights when it tortures prisoners of war.

Such torture also demonstrates that the rule of law; the values of democracy; and morality are only observed when these values do not "get in the way of doing business."

But I would like to hope that those precious few adults in the bowels of power in DC understand the following; when the US tortures, it gives carte blanche for other countries around the world to torture both American military members, and civilians.

To those of you who have family or friends in the military, please chew on that for awhile, won't you?!?

Humankind has known, since the time of the Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured person to "confess" to whatever the torturer wants to hear, just to get the torture to stop, but rarely achieves actionable information.

So if the American military and intelligence personnel understand this, why do they still indulge in this barbaric behaviour?!?

Because they can hurt people, and get away with it with impunity, which has to be one gigantic "rush" for those very psychologically maimed individuals who enjoy it.

Jun 26 06:54

The homelessness crisis in England: a perfect storm

Last year, 112,070 people declared themselves homeless in England – a 26% increase in four years. At the same time, the number of people sleeping rough in London grew by 75% to a staggering 6,437. Why? A £7bn cut in housing benefit, welfare reforms and a huge lack of affordable housing

Jun 26 06:45

Historians reveal secrets of UK gun-running which lengthened the American civil war by two years

New historical and archaeological research is shining an embarrassing light on one of the darkest periods of British foreign policy.

Investigations by a leading Scottish maritime historian have succeeded, for the first time, in locating the main secret British headquarters of the American Civil War Confederate government’s transatlantic gun-running operation.

Other research, carried out over the past decade, has revealed the extraordinary extent to which substantial sections of Britain’s business elite were working with impunity to help the slave-owning southern states win the Civil War – despite the fact that Britain was officially neutral and had outlawed slavery almost 30 years earlier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason Britain was assisting the Confederacy had nothing to do with slavery and everything to do with Abraham Lincoln funding the war with a government-issued currency instead of borrowing bank notes at interest from private bankers.

"If this mischievous financial policy, which has its origin in North America, shall become endurated down to a fixture, then that Government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off debts and be without debt. It will have all the money necessary to carry on its commerce. It will become prosperous without precedent in the history of the world. The brains, and wealth of all countries will go to North America. That country must be destroyed or it will destroy every monarchy on the globe." -- The London Times responding to Lincoln's decision to issue government Greenbacks.

In 1872 New York bankers sent a letter to every bank in the United States, urging them to fund newspapers that opposed government-issued money (Lincoln's greenbacks).

"Dear Sir: It is advisable to do all in your power to sustain such prominent daily and weekly newspapers... as will oppose the issuing of greenback paper money, and that you also withhold patronage or favors from all applicants who are not willing to oppose the Government issue of money. Let the Government issue the coin and the banks issue the paper money of the country... [T]o restore to circulation the Government issue of money, will be to provide the people with money, and will therefore seriously affect your individual profit as bankers and lenders." -- Triumphant plutocracy; the story of American public life from 1870 to 1920, by Lynn Wheeler

"It will not do to allow the greenback, as it is called, to circulate as money any length of time, as we cannot control that." -- Triumphant plutocracy; the story of American public life from 1870 to 1920, by Lynn Wheeler

"Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power, and chattel slavery destroyed. This, I and my European friends are in favor of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care for the laborer, while the European plan, led on by England, is for capital to control labor by controlling the wages. THIS CAN BE DONE BY CONTROLLING THE MONEY." -- Triumphant plutocracy; the story of American public life from 1870 to 1920, by Lynn Wheeler

The private banking families of Europe had been horrified at the upstart United States throwing off the slavery of the Bank of England, then darting to shut down the first two attempts to re-enslave them to private central banks (the first such shut down triggered the war of 1812 and the second the attempted assassination of Andrew Jackson).

The banking families of Europe saw in the Civil War a chance to end Lincoln's greenbacks and with a Confederate victory, bring the United Stares back into the clutches of a predatory banking system where all commerce must be carried out using bank notes borrowed at interest from the bankers; the very system the United States had fought a revolution to be free of.

"The refusal of King George 3rd to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, was probably the prime cause of the revolution." -- Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father

At one point, both Britain and France considered invading the United States ion support of the Confederacy but were held at bay by Russia, which had just ended the serfdom system and had a state central bank similar to the system the United States had been founded on.

Britain's gun-running to the Confederacy was never about the slavery of the blacks, but about the slavery of all people to the private central banks.

Jun 26 06:17

Iran, Britain Start Measures for Reopening Embassies

Speaking to reporters here in Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham reminded that measures to mend the Tehran-London relations started with the step-by-step moves made by the two sides since last September when the two foreign ministers met each other on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, which eventually led to the appointment of non-resident charge d'affaires.

The spokeswoman expressed the hope that the two states would "promote their non-resident to resident charge d'affaires in a bid to facilitate affairs and start a new phase in mending their ties".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is not going to like this at all. Get ready for an Iranian "terror" attack (nudge nudge wink wink say no more).

Jun 25 11:17

London Arms Race As Protesters Crowdsource To Buy A Water Cannon To Take On Boris Johnson

"London's has purchased three water cannon for the Met Police's armoury against austerity protesters this year. Surely it's only fair the people had one too?"

This is the question being asked by protesters who are furious at Boris Johnson's announcement that he bought three water cannon for the Metropolitan Police at a cost of £218,000.

Now, London is facing a water cannon arms race, as protesters launched a crowdfunding project on the StartJoin platform aiming to raise £30,000 to buy police-grade riot control weaponry.

Jun 25 09:30

BP to sign US$20 billion gas deal with China

P is due to sign a 20-year Liquefied natural gas supply deal Tuesday worth US$20 billion with China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), said BP's head in Moscow on Tuesday.

"BP will be signing a deal with Chinese CNOOC. It will be a 20-year term contract for trading liquefied natural gas (LNG) worth $20 billion dollars," said BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley during a press conference at the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow.

In recent years the growth in demand for natural gas has led China to become the third largest LNG importer and to accelerate development of its LNG. China consumed 161.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2013.

News about the deal highlights the country's strong will for greater LNG imports for its urbanization and industrialization without having the environmental impact of China's power generation through coal.

Jun 24 19:29

Royal Navy frigate intercepts Russian vessel in the Baltic after warship strays close to Nato-protected waters

A Royal Navy warship intercepted a Russian military vessel that strayed close to Nato-protected waters in the Baltics in an echo of the Cold War.

HMS Montrose, a Type 23 frigate, was taking part in a multinational exercise off the Danish coast when she was dispatched to investigate an unidentified surface ship picked up on radar.

Despite choppy seas and 30 knot winds, the crew identified the unknown ship as the 104-metre-long Steregushchiy-class frigate RFS Soobrazitelny skirting Danish waters as it sailed west in the Baltic Sea.

Jun 23 06:51

Terror Created by British Intelligence Will Be a Threat for “Many Years”

British intelligence directly responsible for handling and protecting terrorists

Jun 22 06:37

The Bank Of England Lost 755 Tonnes Of Gold In 2013

According to the official 2014 report, the BoE had 755 tonnes less gold in their vaults in February 2014 relative to February 2013.
However, when we look at UK’s net gold trade over this period (March 2013 – February 2014), we can see 1593 tonnes were exported.
GLD’s stock lost 451 tonnes over this period.
This leaves a gap of 392 tonnes (1593 minus 1201), which had to be supplied by additional LBMA or private vaults in London.

Jun 20 07:50

Britain to sign yuan clearing deal with China next week

Britain and China will sign an agreement next week to set up the first clearing service for renminbi trading outside Asia, putting London in a prime position to offer yuan trade business in Europe.

Jun 20 07:40

"De-Dollarization" Continues - China Starts Direct Trade With UK

Following the initial de-dollarization meeting, there has been a slew of anti-dollar moves around the world (including Gazprom's shift of 90% of its clients to non-dollar payments). However, on the heels of the "anti-dollar alliance" discussions yesterday, DW reports that China would start direct trade between the renminbi and the British pound on Thursday. China's Foreign Exchange Trade System (CFETS) confirmed Sterling and yuan would be directly swapped without using the US dollar as an intermediary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Right now, it would make sense to both acquire small, untraceable amounts of silver coins, and identify those skills you can barter when the dollar goes under.

And right now, it appears to me that this event will be happening sooner rather than later; leadership in Russia and China understand, very clearly, that the one way to drive the US economy, already reeling, morally and fiscally, from these horrific pre-emptive wars,into oblivion, is to do every bit of trade possible without using the US dollar.

I would almost be willing to bet that we will see this trend escalate around the world, and rapidly.

Jun 19 09:47

Ed Miliband - A Shameless Zionist In Our Midst

As the Brits were expressing their disapproval of ‘Red Ed’ and his clumsy politics, the Labour leader found the time to socialise with the Jewish Lobby. The following is Ed Miliband’s speech to LFI (Labour Friends Of Israel), the same Zionist Lobby group that funded Blair’s government as it drove Britain into a criminal war in Iraq.

In his speech, Ed Miliband affirms his deep Zionist affiliation. The verdict on his reign is clear, Miliband should never have been the leader of a major British political party. He would have been better suited for a position as a local Rabbi or a part time job as an Israeli consular.

Jun 17 05:56

British embassy in Iran to reopen as Iraqi crisis deepens

William Hague says diplomatic base in Tehran to be restored as west looks to Iran to help tackle Isis-led insurgency in Iraq

Jun 11 09:09

Revealed: Thousands of Irish orphans were used as ‘drug guinea pigs

Over 2,000 care-home kids were secretly vaccinated against diphtheria in the 1930s in medical trials undertaken by international drugs giant Burroughs Wellcome, Irish media reveal. Among the testing sites was a recently discovered mass grave.

The medical records cited by the Irish Daily Mail show that some 2,051 children and babies across several Irish care homes may have been subjected to the practice.

Michael Dwyer, of Cork University’s School of History, found the data after foraging through tens of thousands of archive files and old medical journals. What he did not find is whether any consent was gained for these alleged illegal drug trials or any records of the effects on the infants involved.

Dwyer discovered that the tests were carried out shortly before the drugs were made readily available in the UK. The homes involved included Bessborough, County Cork, and Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, County Tipperary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As both an Irish American and someone who loves kids, my heart was breaking, upon reading this.

Children need love, tenderness, structure, and a healthy self-worth to thrive into adulthood. These mass graves were a definite testament to the reality that these care homes had something big, and horrific, to hide, which I suspect was the sheer numbers of kids who died from side-effects of the early diphtheria immunizations.

And for all of you parents out there, when you are been "encouraged" to vaccinate your little ones; please do the due diligence.

Read about side-effects, and perhaps, take a look at the least destructive time in a kid's life cycle for a specific vaccination.
Ask your pediatrician if the vaccine they are using contains thymerisol, a form of mercury, which is a poison to young immune systems.

Jun 11 06:42

Trouble for Merkel: Berlin Divided in Spat over EU Commmission

The appointment of the next leaders of the EU Commission has divided Europe, raising the specter that Britain could leave the bloc. London is an important ally to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and it is likely she will seek to broker a deal.

Jun 09 09:09

‘Anti-homeless spikes’ outside London flats spark outrage on Twitter

Metal spikes many believe have been installed to deter homeless people from sleeping in an alcove outside a block of flats in London have sparked outrage on Twitter, after pictures of the building went viral.

Andrew Horton, 33, of Woking, Surrey, took a picture of the studs outside of the block of privately-owned flats on Southwark Bridge Road in the borough of Southwark as he walked to work on Wednesday.

Mr Horton told The Telegraph he believed the studs have been put in place to prevent homeless people from sleeping there.

“I can’t say for certain but it certainly looked like they were placed there to deter homeless people. It’s dreadful.”

Jun 05 09:26

Hundreds Evacuated From Shard After Fire Alert

Smoke was found inside the tallest building in Western Europe, leading to 900 people being evacuated from the London landmark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Any second that building is gonna collapse, right into its own footprint. Just like World Trade Building 7. Any second. Any second now. Has BBC announced its collapse yet? Any second. Any moment now, gonna come right down... Let's go get a Watney's!"

Jun 05 06:30

Britain offers tanks and 1,000 troops for Nato show of strength against Putin

Britain has offered NATO an armoured battle group including up to 25 tanks to join exercises in Poland as a show of force against Vladimir Putin.

The deployment would see as many as 1,000 British soldiers join Nato forces for war games across the border from Ukraine later this year.

The offer was disclosed as David Cameron prepares to meet the Russian president on Thursday and wrangling over the Ukraine crisis seems certain to dominate world leaders’ visits to the D-Day anniversary events.

The diplomatic storm over Ukraine continued as Barack Obama condemned Moscow’s “dark tactics”, while Mr Putin hit back against American aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These "war games" by NATO appear to be the prelude to a shooting war against Russia.

Just because a war against Russia would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly wrong thing to do to in response to Putin's accepting Crimea's request to align with Russia after the Ukrainian putsch, is absolutely no guarantee that NATO, Europe, and the US won't do it.

NATO, the US, and the West, is encircling Russia in a geopolitical/military vice-grip. And if, once there are US and NATO troops on the ground in Ukraine (and I wouldn't bet against it even right right now), Moscow may feel compelled to respond militarily in kind.

It would not take much to get the fires of war stoked here; one tiny miscommunication; one tiny misperception, and things could escalate completely out of control.

I would like to hope that the adults in the room in Europe, the US, and NATO think very soberly about what their next move should be.

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

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