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Nov 26 17:56

Save the Fatcats (who run Save The Children)

These are the top salaries at the Save the Children fund.

CEO Justin Forsyth £139,950
COO Anabel Hoult £139,950
COO / CFO & Strategic Initiatives Rachel Parr £131,970
Global Programmes Director Fergus Drake £113,300
Fundraising Director Tanya Steele £112,200
Marketing & Comms Director Sue Allchurch £111,920
Policy & Advocacy Director Brendan Cox £106,029
CFO Peter Banks £102,000
HR Director Paul Cutler £100,980

The UK average salary is 26,500.

StC has just given Tony Blair its “Global Legacy” award. What kind of people like Tony Blair? People who earn over 100,000. I am not sure that if you put money in a tin, or bought from their charity shop, you thought you were paying that many fat salaries. There are also gold plated pensions and other benefits. Justin Forsyth, the CEO, of course worked in Tony Blair’s neo-con policy unit.

Nov 26 17:53

'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police

The family of a missing boy have been told by police that he may have been abducted, abused and murdered by a paedophile ring of leading establishment figures.

Martin Allen, the son of the chauffeur of a Australian high commissioner, went missing aged 15 from King's Cross on his way to home in Kensington in November 1979.

His brother Kevin, 51, has said he was called by Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway of the Metropolitan Police on Friday, who told him she was investigating whether Martin’s disappearance is linked to an alleged ring made up of MPs and senior figures of authority.

Nov 26 17:42

Save the Children staff furious over 'morally reprehensible' award for Tony Blair

Save the Children faces a revolt by its staff after it gave a “global legacy” award to Tony Blair.

More than 200 of the charity’s employees have signed an internal letter condemning the “morally reprehensible” decision to give the honour to the former prime minister at a ceremony in New York.

The move places in jeopardy the charity’s “credibility”, it warns.

Nov 26 17:04

Severely disabled 19-year-old with a mental age of just five is ordered to have a fitness-to-work test despite not being able to read, write, talk or even sleep on her own

Ellie McDonald, 19, suffers from the extremely rare genetic disorder called Chromosome 7 Deletion, which means she is unable to eat, sleep or walk without the help of mother Louise.

In preparation for Ellie leaving her special needs school, her mother and her full-time carer applied for employment support allowance (ESA) to replace their child benefit payments.

But the family were shocked to be told Ellie would need to be tested to rule out her being fit for work - a process Miss McDonald branded 'bureaucracy gone mad'.

Now, since reports of Ellie's situation came to light, the Department of Work and Pensions have said she is no longer required to do a Work Capability Assessment.

Nov 26 08:48

West Cynically Plays For More Time to Deny Iran

The Vienna talks this week, involving US secretary of state John Kerry, came unstuck because the Western position suddenly hardened at the last hour, according to the British Guardian. Only last week, Russian officials expressed cautious optimism that a breakthrough could be attained.

After a full year of tortuous negotiations, the P5+1 group and Iran have now extended the nuclear talks for another six months. The move comes after foreign ministers from the US, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran failed this week to conclude a final deal in Vienna on the long-running nuclear dispute.

Despite having secured an interim deal last November, which gave a partial lifting of international sanctions to Iran in return for Iranian self-imposed restrictions on its nuclear programme, the group of world powers could not in the end come up with a final accord on the deadline set for November 24 this week.

Nov 26 06:48

Possible Motives for Ousting Hagel

At the start of Barack Obama’s second term, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was seen as the best hope for standing up to the neocons, inside and outside the administration. Though Hagel proved to be a weak champion, his sudden removal could portend more trouble ahead.

The abrupt resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel – along with the failure to reach a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program on the same day – does not augur well for the last quarter of Barack Obama’s presidency, reflecting his continuing tendency to let the neocons have their way.

Nov 26 05:16

So why did Cameron cosy up to tax-avoiding internet giants? Questions arise over links to Facebook and Google execs

David Cameron has long faced criticism over how he has made Downing Street far too close to internet giants since he became Prime Minister.

In summer, the concerns reached fever pitch when he appointed Joanna Shields, a former managing director of Facebook in Europe, to the Lords.

Despite the fact that the firm has avoided paying its UK taxes, there is even speculation that she could one day be granted a ministerial role.

The appointment deepened concerns that the Conservatives are too close to firms such as Facebook and Google and that they have the ear of the government on sensitive topics.

Nov 25 15:42

Media ‘gagged over bid to report MP child sex cases’

Two newspaper executives have told the Observer that their publications were issued with D-notices – warnings not to publish intelligence that might damage national security – when they sought to report on allegations of a powerful group of men engaging in child sex abuse in 1984. One executive said he had been accosted in his office by 15 uniformed and two non-uniformed police over a dossier on Westminster paedophiles passed to him by the former Labour cabinet minister Barbara Castle.

The other said that his newspaper had received a D-notice when a reporter sought to write about a police investigation into Elm Guest House, in southwest London, where a group of high-profile paedophiles was said to have operated and may have killed a child. Now it has emerged that these claims are impossible to verify or discount because the D-notice archives for that period “are not complete”.

Nov 25 14:46

Calling Sens. Mitchell, Daschle—Your “Bipartisan” Center Is In Funny Company

The question is, how was it that the foreign policy project of a “bipartisan” organization—founded by two relatively liberal former Democratic Majority Leaders and two relatively moderate former Republican Majority Leaders—was effectively captured and held captive for no less than seven years by hard-core neoconservatives determined to sabotage a top foreign-policy priority of a sitting Democratic president?

Former Democratic Sens. George Mitchell and Tom Daschle co-founded the Bipartisan Policy Center(BPC), along with their former Republican colleagues and fellow former majority leaders, Sens. Howard Baker and Bob Dole back in 2007. The Center, which describes itself as a “non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiations and respectful dialogue,” has generally promoted mainstream, centrist positions on a range of issues over the years, including economic and energy policy, governance, health, and homeland security.

Nov 25 11:20

UK Liberals Call for Knife Ban

Nov 25 08:42

Britain’s Vice News Reports Ukraine’s Firebombing of Southeast

Vice News uploaded to youtube on November 12th this video of the firebombing of the southeastern Ukrainian village of Iliovaisk - and they also identified what the incendiary weapon used was.

Nov 25 06:11

'Regin' Spying Malware Linked to US, UK Intelligence Services: Reports

A sophisticated piece of malware that has been used to spy on governments, research facilities and private businesses around the world may have been developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), The Intercept reported Tuesday.

Nov 24 16:27

How Powerful is the UK?

Nov 24 16:14

Delusional US ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine

Official Washington’s “group think” on Syria and Ukraine is so delusional that it is putting the whole world in danger, but – as with the Iraq War – the mainstream U.S. news media is part of the problem, not part of any solution.

Neocon ideology appears to have seized near total control over the editorial pages of America’s premier news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, contributing to an information crisis inside “the world’s superpower,” a development that should unnerve both Americans and the world community.

Nov 24 15:30

Israel – America’s Biggest Frenemy

The Jewish State in the Levant is a burden we shouldn’t have to bear.

For decades the Israelis have lived off our largesse without having to offer anything of value in return – unless Israeli interference in American politics is considered of value. We’ve handed them over $3 billion a year in tribute, stood by while they subjected their Palestinian helots to conditions not seen since South Africa’s apartheid, and smiled tolerantly, as one would at an obstreperous child, while they noisily spat in our faces at every opportunity.

And what have we gotten in return? Insults, interference, and outright threats – not to mention one of the most effective (and obnoxious) spying operations conducted on our soil by a foreign power.

Nov 24 15:25

Opening the Gates to World War III

The Russian government has done all it can to encourage Europe to maintain profitable and peaceful relations with Russia. However, it seems that Europeans are too firmly under Washington’s control to act in their own interest. Europe’s vassalage is permitting a scenario to unfold that could lead to World War III.

According to news reports, Washington has decided to arm Ukraine for renewed military assault on Russian ethnics in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Nov 24 11:18

Briefing NOTE: Counter Terrorism and Security Bill and IP address matching - Big Brother Watch

he Government has announced that it will bring forward proposals to enable IP address matching. The measures would require internet firms to keep records of customer information, to enable law enforcement bodies to decipher who was using a device, such as a smart phone or computer, at a given time.

We have produced a briefing note (PDF) on the proposals.

The key issues with the proposals are:
There are questions over whether or not this will be technically feasible.

Proper safeguards must be introduced to ensure that these techniques are used transparently, that there is a proper level of authorisation and that the oversight and redress mechanisms can function effectively.

Nov 24 11:14

UK counter-terrorism bill to include campus ban on extremists

New powers for the home secretary to order universities to ban extremist speakers from their campuses are to be included in the counter-terrorism bill to be published on Wednesday, Theresa May has announced.

The bill will also place a statutory duty on schools, colleges, prisons and local councils to help prevent people from being drawn into terrorism, the home secretary said.

“The organisations subject to the duty will have to take into account guidance issued by the home secretary. Where organisations consistently fail, ministers will be able to issue directions to them “which will be enforceable by court orders”, May announced.

Nov 24 08:02

Pro-Israel activists ask MPs to halt non-violent BDS protests

Zionist activists have urged British MPs to implement new legislation that police could use to stop non-violent, pro-BDS protests.

Manchester-based group North-West Friends of Israel have urged politicians to give police more power to stop boycotts of businesses by pro-Palestine solidarity activists.

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Nov 23 18:19

Westminster child abuse claims ‘are just the tip of the iceberg’: Worse it to come, May warns

Allegations of child sex abuse by a Westminster paedophile ring represent only the ‘tip of the iceberg’, Home Secretary Theresa May revealed yesterday.

A group of former MPs and VIPs are alleged to have sexually abused children and killed three boys in the Seventies and Eighties.

But yesterday Mrs May suggested even worse claims would follow as she said it was crucial for society to ‘get the truth’.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe insisted Scotland Yard was taking the claims seriously and promised there would be no cover-up.

Last night, Labour MP John Mann said: ‘It would now be extraordinary if there are not arrests soon of prominent people.’

Nov 23 12:37

Biden in Kiev on US Regime-Change Victory Tour

Russia this week condemned the dangerous escalation of US military involvement in Ukraine. Moscow’s foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the arms announcement «broke all agreements» and that it would further destabilize the country and make a political resolution of the conflict less likely.

The next US planes to follow Biden’s will be loaded with weapons and other non-lethal munitions, as earlier this week Washington announced for the first time that it is to start supplying the Kiev regime with military hardware. Those weapons are to include anti-tank and air defence systems, sniper rifles and machine-guns.

Nov 23 10:32

Twins returned to family after 32 months of hell spent in 'care’

Anyone wishing to see just how shocking the behaviour of our “child protection” system can be should watch an utterly chilling video on YouTube (see below: “Kidnap of children from their mother by Dutch social services…”). It shows 11-year-old twins screaming in protest as they are seized by social workers and carried off by a mob of policemen, from the loving home they have now not seen for nearly three years.

Nov 23 10:30

Historic Westminster child abuse and murder claims 'only tip of the iceberg' in scandal, Theresa May warns

Revelations that politicians allegedly murdered and raped young boys is "only the tip of the iceberg" in the Westminster historic child abuse scandal, Theresa May has warned.

The Home Secretary expressed dismay that institutions designed to protect children failed in the past and said she was determined to bring those guilty to justice, whatever their position.

The Home Secretary expressed dismay that institutions designed to protect children failed in the past and said she was determined to bring those guilty to justice, whatever their position.

Nov 23 09:51

Paedophile orgies in luxury flats and claims three boys were murdered by VIPs: Special report into the growing stench of a cover-up by the Establishment

The claim was as clear as it was chilling: behind the genteel façade of one of London’s most famous apartment blocks, children faced abuse on an industrial scale.

Every weekend, groups of vulnerable boys from local care homes were being smuggled to an address in Dolphin Square, Pimlico. There, after being plied with alcohol, they suffered sickening sexual assaults.

The paedophile ring orchestrating these crimes had, over time, come to believe it enjoyed immunity, a whistle-blower told police at the time.

After all, members were said to include a cross-section of Britain’s most influential politicians.

Nov 23 09:16

Former Scotland Yard detectives say young boys were murdered by Westminster paedophile ring

Two retired detectives have reportedly backed claims that young boys were murdered by politicians at paedophile orgies.

The claims, said to be in new written statements handed to the Metropolitan Police, have emerged just a week after a witness called 'Nick' claimed he saw a Tory MP throttle a 12-year-old boy to death.

Scotland Yard has already confirmed it is examining a 'possible homicide' committed 30 years ago by a paedophile ring whose ranks included senior Establishment figures.

The revelation came as the Home Secretary Theresa May admitted the recent spate of child abuse allegations were only the 'tip of the iceberg'.

Nov 23 09:15

Top Tory MP invites paedophile business consultant to House of Commons for lunch meetings

A top Conservative MP invited a paedophile business consultant to the House of Commons for lunch meetings, it has been reported.

Sir Edward Leigh, 64, held meetings inside Westminster where he entertained an entrepreneur who has been convicted of making thousands of indecent images of children.

Businessman Duncan Breeze was given privileged access to parliament buildings as recently as a few months ago, it has been claimed.

The 39-year-old was jailed in 2007 for two years after 4,270 'sickening' images of minors were found on his computers and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

Now out of prison, Mr Breeze - once a musician and actor - is a consultant to a company which provides income support for the unemployed, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Nov 22 10:22

Media ‘gagged over bid to report MP child sex cases’ Security services accused of aiding Westminster paedophilia cover-up

The security services are facing questions over the cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring as it emerged that files relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s were destroyed.

Two newspaper executives have told the Observer that their publications were issued with D-notices – warnings not to publish intelligence that might damage national security – when they sought to report on allegations of a powerful group of men engaging in child sex abuse in 1984. One executive said he had been accosted in his office by 15 uniformed and two non-uniformed police over a dossier on Westminster paedophiles passed to him by the former Labour cabinet minister Barbara Castle.

Nov 22 06:37

Will the Iran Deal-Wreckers Prevail?

Iran appears ready to sign an agreement tightly constraining its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief, but neocons and other U.S. hardliners appear determined to wreck the deal, which could make Mideast tensions even worse, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar

As of this writing the greatest chance of wrecking it appears to involve not what is going on at the negotiating tables in Europe but instead what the U.S. Congress may do back in Washington to sabotage the work of the diplomats. The energy for the Congressional wrecking ball comes, as it always has, from three sources.

Nov 21 23:21

‘International law is being applied highly selectively, when it comes to Iran’

RT talks to U.S. foreign policy analyst Soraya Ulrich

Soraya Ulrich is not optimistic that a deal would be reached before the deadline. She raises the point that this is not just about Iran, this is a fight about upholding international laws and international treaties, which are being violated by the United States. She notes that Iran has never violated the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty), yet it is being accused of doing so. If we succumb to the violation by one party i.e United States and its allies in this case, then international laws and international treaties will loose all meaning and other countries will fall prey to such lawlessness.

Top US and Iranian diplomats have decided to stay in Vienna to continue tense negotiations on the nuclear issue until a consensus suitable to both states is reached.

World powers are trying to agree on limits for Iran’s uranium enrichment, and the sanctions imposed on the country.

Nov 21 22:19

Moment of Truth — Iran and Obama

President Obama cannot mollify those critics inside as well as outside his administration who want unconditional surrender from the IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran)and still expect to get an agreement. Humiliation is a dangerous and delicate business. Especially so when the party whom you intend to humiliate is a proud people and its leaders willful.

A recommendation: Sign the nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Announce it with great fanfare. Declare that this opens a new era in relations between the two countries and holds out the prospect for achieving peace and stability across the region. By acting in this way, the United States would redraw the diplomatic map of the Middle East in ways that open opportunities for resolution of its internecine conflicts and for the establishment of a measure of stability.

Nov 21 13:38

All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’

Is Poroshenko’s forthcoming blitz against the people of southeast Ukraine designed to provoke a Russian response – to the humanitarian crisis? Will Russia confront the NATO-directed Kiev offensive and risk a total break with the West?

There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine: A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes and supported by their allies and clients in Asia (Japan) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia).

Nov 21 10:35

Blow for George Osborne as government borrowing RISES sending the country's debt pile to £1.5 TRILLION

George Osborne suffered a major setback in his pledge to balance the books today - after official figures showed borrowing had gone up over the past year.

Borrowing spiked by £3.7billion – or 6.1 per cent – in the 12 months to October compared to the year before. It means Mr Osborne is well off the Government’s target to cut the deficit by 12 per cent this year.

Britain's mounting debt pile has now hit £1.5 trillion - up £150 billion in just a year.

Nov 21 09:16

UN resolution on Iran mockery of justice

The UN consciously or unconsciously plays into the hands of the pro-Israeli pressure groups in Canada and only puts on an ugly show of duplicity in imposing a ruling against the Islamic Republic.

The farce becomes more markedly absurd when you consider the plethora of human rights abuses going unpunished in the world with the UN laying a lid of ignorance on these blatant violations.

Iran has strongly lambasted the UN resolution, saying that “the UN’s legal mechanisms have turned into a tool in the hands of the West.”

The irony of the resolution is that the measure was initially drafted by Canada which has itself a disgracing history of human rights abuse against the aborigines in the country. Further to that, Ottawa has constantly and vehemently thrown its full-throated support behind Tel Aviv in its inconceivably ruthless crimes against the people of Palestine.

Nov 21 08:02

Internet Reformation Sparks UK Parliamentary Money-Debate

In fact, we don't believe most MPs understand the monetary regime under which they live and work any more than US Congressmen do. Ignorance, wrapped up inevitably in pontifications, is melancholy, humorous or both. Usually both.

Nov 21 05:57

Police question woman who put ‘racially offensive’ stuffed toy in her window

For years, knitting fanatic Anne Feast has entertained local children with quirky displays of handmade animals in her front window.

But when she put a gorilla there, police went, well…bananas.

Nov 21 05:52

School governor told to resign 'because he had joined UKIP'

A school’s head of governors has claimed he was told to step down by the headteacher after she discovered he had joined Ukip.

Nov 20 13:57

57 Million Americans Warn UK About GMO Dangers

In an open letter published in The Times newspaper, several American celebrities and over 57 million Americans warn UK citizens about the dangers of growing GMO crops, and the importance of speaking out for their right to decide whether or not to grow them.

Nov 20 08:40

Europe Veering From US Abyss Over Russia?

One hopes that Europe is beginning to part ways with the US direction on Russia – a direction that is leading to an abyss.

It’s long overdue but better late than never that Europe might just be back-pedaling on America’s aggressive agenda towards Russia. The business-like visit to Moscow this week by Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier suggests that Europe can come to its senses to seek a diplomatic resolution of the escalating tensions over the Ukraine crisis – tensions that could spark a wider continental war, or worse.

Steinmeier met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in which the pair stressed the need to find a political end to the violence in Ukraine.

Nov 19 19:28

Filming Cops in UK is Act of Terror

While filming a routine stop and search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma suddenly found herself detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest. Act of Terror tells the story of her fight to bring the police to justice and prevent this happening to anyone else, ever again.

Nov 19 17:38

Abuse Campaigners Are Not Conspiracy Theorists, Mr Cameron

Cameron has spun in a different direction, arithmetically, trying to convince people concerned about child abuse and cover-ups that two plus two makes nothing. Spinning on the day the Wanless report, into missing Home Office documents said to contain information about powerful people abusing children, was released, Cameron resorted to calling abuse campaigners conspiracy theorists. To do so, he exploited the fact that evidence could not be found within a few weeks to explain just how at least 114 files concerning child abuse went missing.

One of the missing files is a dossier presented in 1983 to then Home Secretary Leon Brittan by the Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens. Mr Dickens, who is now deceased, spoke in 1983 of a paedophile ring involving "big, big names - people in positions of power, influence and responsibility". Despite attempts to posthumously smear Dickens, there has been progress in investigating abuse rings linked to powerful people, including those involving the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

Nov 19 10:36

Five A-c GCSE Grades – Then The Chicken Factory

They expect all young people to aspire to be kings and queens of ‘the heap’, to sit on its peak and look down on those who failed – those 74% of white British young men on free school meals who did not gain five A-C GCSE grades, including English and Maths in 2012, compared with 60% of young black men and 37% of all other young people on free school meals. Christopher Hope (www.telegraph.co.uk September 3, 2013), quoted Christian Guy, the Director of the Centre for Social Justice, which produced these figures, who said they were “sobering”. They suggest that despite much money and effort white working-class boys are in danger of becoming an educational underclass”.

Nov 19 09:00

UK Workers Got Pay Rise Of Just £1 Last Year

Official figures show the extent of the erosion in pay values as the UK economy sees employment rise at the expense of wages.

Nov 19 08:05

The return of King Canute: The giant dam Sam built to save his home was a defining image of last winter's floods. Now he's having to do it all over again - while Whitehall spends millions on flood defences ABROAD

Nor, as yet, is there any sign of the new Somerset Rivers Authority, which has been charged with avoiding a repeat of last winter. Whitehall is still arguing over who should fund the proposed organisation.

At best, it might be up and running next year, but Environment Secretary Liz Truss has yet to find the requisite £2.7 million to get it off the ground.

Yet the Government has had no such trouble earmarking a £650 million donation to a United Nations fund for helping countries deal with climate change — including cash to build sea and flood defences.

That is only fractionally less than the Environment Agency’s entire spending on flood prevention last year. No wonder Somerset gets that sinking feeling with every darkening sky.

Nov 19 07:38

Father claims Scotland Yard covered up son's murder by Westminster paedophiles

The father of an eight-year-old boy murdered in the 1980s claims that his son may have died at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring - and that Scotland Yard helped “cover up” the crime.

Vishambar Mehrotra, a retired magistrate, recorded a male prostitute saying in a telephone call that his son may have been abducted and taken to a now notorious guesthouse in 1981.

He took the recording to police at the time but claims they refused to investigate an allegation implicating “judges and politicians”. Mr Mehrotra said it had been a “huge cover-up”.

Nov 19 06:29

British police calling for ban on knives; First guns & now knives

If you just happened to come across this story you would instantly think it was a joke! However, anyone who is familiar with the illogical gun policies that have been implemented in the United Kingdom this is understandable. Now with the same misguided mentality that led to the dis-arming of the populace the same misguided and illogical template is being applied to another deadly weapon: Your Kitchen Knife!

Nov 19 06:09

High Court will hear case of UK torture and rendition victim

A High Court judge has said that a victim of UK rendition and torture can proceed with his claims against the British Government.

In a judgment handed down today, Mr Justice Leggatt found that the court would be “failing in its duty” if it did not deal with the claims of Yunus Rahmatullah, from Pakistan. Mr Rahmatullah was seized by UK forces in Iraq in 2004 and tortured before being handed over to the US and rendered to Bagram prison in Afghanistan, via the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He suffered a further decade of secret US detention before he was finally released in June this year.

The UK long denied any involvement in rendition, before being forced to correct the record in Parliament in 2008, when then-Defence Secretary John Hutton publically admitted that the rendition of Mr Rahmatullah and another man, Amanatullah Ali, had taken place.

Nov 18 22:51

Living with Insanity: Harper, Abbott, and Cameron at the Brisbane G-20

Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is reported by a spokesman, to have had the following exchange with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during the Brisbane G-20 summit: “Well, I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine.” Putin is said to have replied, “Impossible. Since we are not there.”

Nov 18 19:04

Updating JFK In Berlin: “Ich Bin Ein Palestinian”

When President John F. Kennedy told the world on June 26, 1963. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, he was asserting his solidarity with Berliners separated by a wall.

Barack Obama has two more years in which to find his “pairing of the man and the moment”. His presidency has been badly marred by his unwillingness to denounce the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and people.

The inhumane blot of the occupation cries out for Obama action.

Nov 18 19:01

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

The real threat to the world is economic collapse and poverty.

Without any solutions and in fact only exacerbating these problems, the US and European leaders are hiding behind a false agenda of non-issues, such as security, and in particular alleged «Russian aggression».

US President Obama was joined by European leaders last weekend in trying to turn the G20 summit in Australia into a forum for baiting Russia, rather than dealing with the more onerous problem of a failing world economy

Nov 18 18:07

David Icke - Royal/Political Paedophilia How the Global Pieces Fit

David Icke - on the Richie Allen Show - Royal/Political Paedophilia, How the Global Pieces Fit:

Nov 18 16:41

New UK study finds 300,000 more people living in poverty

A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), based on research carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, found that 300,000 more people are living in poverty in the UK than previously calculated.

The report, “Measuring poverty when inflation varies across households”, documents how soaring food prices and fuel costs have had a greater impact on struggling families, who are forced to spend a greater proportion of their income on staple goods.

Nov 18 15:46

Baroness Warsi’s blunder over Jerusalem rabbi massacre: Peer slapped down after comparing Palestinians ‘storming’ synagogue with Israelis ‘storming’ mosque

A former Tory foreign minister was rebuked by her party chairman after comparing the deaths of four people in a synagogue in Israel to protests at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Baroness Warsi, who resigned in August over the government’s policy on Gaza, tweeted: ‘Israeli extremists storm Al Aqsa & intimidate worshippers – Palestinian extremists storm synagogue & kill 4 worshippers.’

Nov 18 15:44

Are they taking me for a fuel? Driver takes picture of pump showing that he had taken EXACTLY one litre of petrol... but charging him more than the price per litre!

Attila Boros took the picture as he filled up his vehicle in Cambridgeshire, after noticing he was apparently being charged more per litre than the advertised 123.9p.

His photo, which has been shared on Facebook by more than 15,000 people, appears to show him being charged 125p for one litre of fuel as opposed to the advertised pence per litre price.

Nov 18 10:45

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

The real threat to the world is economic collapse and poverty.

Without any solutions and in fact only exacerbating these problems, the US and European leaders are hiding behind a false agenda of non-issues, such as security, and in particular alleged «Russian aggression».

US President Obama was joined by European leaders last weekend in trying to turn the G20 summit in Australia into a forum for baiting Russia, rather than dealing with the more onerous problem of a failing world economy.

Nov 18 09:54

More than 1.4million will fund Christmas using payday loans: Figures show average adult spends £530 over festive season

Some 1.4 million Brits will turn to payday loan companies to help fund their Christmas this year, according to a new study.

Three per cent of the nation will use the service as the typical adult spends £530 during the festive period - a total seasonal payout of £26 billion nationwide.

That is two billion pounds more than last year as nearly half (46 per cent) plan to pay for the holiday revelry with credit cards, store cards and overdrafts.

Nov 17 23:04

UK: One in five offences is NOT recorded by police as almost a million crimes a year are ignored by target-chasing officers

Police are failing to record a staggering one in five crimes, including victims' reports of sexual offences and violence.

Nov 17 19:42

Brits Debate Money

For the first time in 170 years the British Parliament is going to debate how money is created. Amazing! Debate will be broadcast live on Thursday, Nov. 20, starting between 12:30 and 1 pm GMT, or 07:30 EST on the Parliament channel:

Nov 17 11:56

Russian Blue Chips Might Dump London En Masse, Re-list in Hong Kong

With East-West relations at rock bottom, Russia's leading blue chip companies are toying with the idea of abandoning the London Stock Exchange as the long preferred venue for listing their shares, and moving to Hong Kong.

Nov 17 11:10

Tory MP 'strangled' boy to death at sex abuse party, victim claims

A victim of the alleged Westminster paedophile ring that operated nearly three decades ago has claimed he saw a Conservative MP strangle a young boy to death at an “abuse party”.

The victim, who has been named “Nick,” has detailed the murder of the 12-year-old boy to police, The Sunday People and Exaro investigations agency, and alleged that two other boys were also killed by the abusers.

Describing the incident of the boy who was strangled, Nick said: “I watched how that happened. I am not sure how I got out of that. Whether I will ever know why I survived, I am not sure.”

Scotland Yard revealed on Friday it has launched a new investigation into a “possible homicide” under the name Operation Midland.

Nov 17 10:11

The Real Reason Why Germany Halted Its Gold Repatriation From The NY Fed

Or, simply said, generic pretexts for a failure to follow through with the Bundesbank’s original intention of re-domiciling physical gold, especially after Zero Hedge posted in November 2012 proof of collusion between the 1968 Bank of England and the Fed seeking to defraud Deutsche Bank: ‘Bank Of England To The Fed: “No Indication Should, Of Course, Be Given To The Bundesbank…”

The charade ended with a thud in June of this year, when instead of continuing the farce, Germany simply gave up, providing an even more laughable reason why it can no longer even pretend to collect its physical gold located at New York’s 9 Liberty Street.

"Germany has decided its gold is safe in American hands. “The Americans are taking good care of our gold," Norbert Barthle, the budget spokesman for Merkel’s Christian Democratic bloc in parliament, said in an interview. "Objectively, there’s absolutely no reason for mistrust."

Nov 17 09:31

Hey UK: Jailing File-Sharers for Years is Shameful

After the closure of Dancing Jesus, both men had put file-sharing behind them and were working in legitimate jobs. Dangerous? No. Violent? No. Dancing Jesus years behind them? No doubt. Compassion then? Not a chance.

To underline the harshness of this week’s sentences we could compare them with cases recently before the UK courts.

Consider the pilot who admitted to flying a plane whilst three times over the drink limit yet faces a maximum two years in jail? Or what about the sex offender caught file-sharing Category A-rated child abuse images on file-sharing networks? He got a 15 month suspended sentence just days after Robinson and Graham were given 32 and 21 months each.

Nov 17 08:31

Hilary Mantel: Coalition government more brutal to poor and immigrants than Thomas Cromwell was

Hilary Mantel has claimed that the Coalition’s policies towards the poor and immigrants are more brutal than the measures introduced by Thomas Cromwell, during an interview in which she attacked a “mood of harshness” which has taken hold in Britain.

Cromwell To Ebenezer Pratt of the Mulheim Synagogue in Amsterdam, 16th June 1647:

— “In return for financial support will advocate admission of Jews to England: This however impossible while Charles living. Charles cannot be executed without trial, adequate grounds for which do not at present exist. Therefore advise that Charles be assassinated, but will have nothing to do with arrangements for procuring an assassin, though willing to help in his escape.” —

To Oliver Cromwell From Ebenezer Pratt, 12th July 1647:

Nov 17 07:19

UK teachers asked to inform police on extremist students

Two county councils in southeast England have asked local teachers to inform police about students suspected of Islamic extremist connections. The request shows authorities’ concern at young Britons joining the Islamic State’s cause.

Nov 16 12:28

Bob Carr: Why I’m now a friend of Palestine rather than Israel

Bob Carr is a former NSW premier and foreign minister. This is part of an address he gave to the Australian Friends of Palestine Association in Adelaide last night.

Israel has gone from secular to religious. The ultra-Orthodox and religious Zionists hold 30 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. It has gone from cosmopolitan to chauvinist, with some ministers -espousing a brand of radical -nationalism like that of France’s Le Pen or Austria’s Jorg Haider.

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Nov 16 11:33

'I watched Tory MP MURDER a boy during depraved Westminster VIP paedophile party'

A victim of the Westminster paedophile abuse scandal has claimed he saw a Conservative MP murder a young boy during a depraved sex party. And the Sunday People can reveal that detectives are investigating THREE murders allegedly linked to a network of VIP perverts.

Nov 16 09:54

Widow takes dead husband's ashes into mobile phone shop after firm refuses to cancel contract

T-Mobile apologises after widow Maria Raybould is threatened with bailiffs over her late husband's phone contract

Nov 16 09:52

Tory MP 'murdered' boy at orgy, abuse victim claims

A Conservative MP murdered a young boy during a depraved sex party in the 1980s, an alleged victim of the Westminster paedophile scandal has claimed.

The 12-year-old boy, who was being abused by a group of men, was strangled by the politician at a luxury townhouse in front of other victims, it has been alleged.

On another occasion, the victim claims a young boy, who was around ten-years-old, was deliberately run down and killed by a car being driven by one of his abusers.

The alleged murders are among three that are now being investigated by the Metropolitan Police as part of a major probe into claims that a powerful paedophile ring with links to Westminster was operating in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s.

Nov 16 09:44

UK to provide Peshmarga with more advanced weapons

Kurdistan Region’s Chancellor of the Security Council, Masrour Barzani, met with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon in London on November 7. Fallon assured Barzani that UK is planning to provide more advanced weaponry at the nearest opportunity to the Peshmarga forces.

Nov 16 09:16

Supermarkets could start to close, warns Waitrose boss

Supermarkets in Britain could start to close as the grocery industry struggles to cope with an unprecedented slide in sales and profits, the head of Waitrose has warned.

Mark Price, the managing director of the upmarket grocer, said it was “incredibly hard to call” whether all of Britain’s food retailers would survive tumultuous shifts in shopping habits.

Nov 16 09:13

RBS chief's £1m payout one year after he was axed: Stephen Hester faces fresh political row over his pay

Former Royal Bank of Scotland chief executive Stephen Hester faces a fresh political row over his pay after it emerged he received a £1million payout from the bailed-out bank earlier this year.

The news came just days after the bank was fined £400 million for rigging foreign exchange markets between 2008 and 2013 – the period during which he was at the helm.

Nov 16 09:11

The Great British rake-off... what really happens to the billions YOU donate to charity: Fat cat pay, appalling waste and hidden agendas

The figures are astonishing. There are more than 195,289 registered charities in the UK that raise and spend close to £80 billion a year. Together, they employ more than a million staff – more than our car, aerospace and chemical sectors – and make 13 billion ‘asks’ for money every year, the equivalent of 200 for each of us in the UK.

But many charities have become hungry monsters, needing ever more of our money to feed their own ambitions. And while registered charities claim that almost 90p in every pound donated is spent on ‘charitable activities’, many spend at least half their income on management, strategy development, campaigning and fundraising – not what most of us would consider ‘good causes’.

Nov 16 08:59

Coalition has 'shifted money from poorest to better-off' through welfare cuts and tax reductions, study claims

The Coalition government's welfare cuts and tax reductions have transferred funds from the poorest to the pockets of the better-off, an academic study reveals.

The reductions in low-income and disability benefits financed tax breaks for the more financially privileged, although the richest were also hit, and this transfer of wealth made no net effect on public funds.

The groups hit hardest are single-parent families, large families, children and middle-aged parents, who make up the poorest 5 per cent of the country.

Nov 16 08:46

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

To keep pandering with futile diplomacy and to not reciprocate the show of force with Washington and its minions would be the really reckless option. You don’t encourage a bully. Instead, you have to square up and push back.

Has Russia reached the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and its NATO allies? The announcement this week that Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in the Gulf of Mexico – America’s own backyard – suggests so.

Nov 16 08:43

Cameron the Euro Demagogue Creates Own Nightmare

Having whipped up a political storm on EU finances to forestall UKIP, Cameron is set to reap a whirlwind of his own making.

November, the month associated with Halloween and spooky forces, appears to be presenting British Prime Minister David Cameron with a nightmare that could end up resulting in his head rolling as leader of the Conservative Party.

Nov 16 08:08

Rich have become richer thanks to ‘austerity’ politics – but poor lose out

The poor have become poorer and the rich richer thanks to David Cameron and George Osborne’s new austerity policies, and vulnerable groups such as single-parent families have suffered the worst.

Nov 16 06:02

New leader of Scottish National Party vows fight for independence is 'unwon'

In her first speech as leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon has vowed that “Scotland will become an independent country”.

Nov 16 05:59

Banning banter: English teacher bans word in attempt to tackling bullying

An English teacher in Norfolk has banned the word “banter” from his class in an attempt to tackle bullying.

Nov 16 05:57

UK ISPs to install 'reporting button' to crack down on extremism following government pressure

Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk are amongst a number of internet service providers that have agreed to install a 'reporting button' to identify extremist Islamic material following pressure from the UK government.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: The problem is that the Megaphonies can all be ordered to hit that button for a targeted website (such as this one) to get it banned. So as soon as that button appears, everyone in Britain opposed to censorship should hit the button for the website for Parliament, the Queen, and BBC! That will end this nonsense of allowing a minority to decice what the majority can see, hear, and read!

Nov 16 05:54

Tory MP 'murdered' boy at orgy, abuse victim claims

A Conservative MP murdered a young boy during a depraved sex party in the 1980s, an alleged victim of the Westminster paedophile scandal has claimed.

Nov 15 12:43

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls

The Walls of Freedom and the Walls of Prison

The notion that Germany was ‘unified’ democratically is of dubious historical accuracy. The consequences of a powerful unified Germany have not led to a peaceful prosperous Europe and Germany’s current role in world politics, particularly its policies toward the Middle East, North Africa and the Ukraine, has been anything but peaceful.

Nov 15 12:36

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

To keep pandering with futile diplomacy and to not reciprocate the show of force with Washington and its minions would be the really reckless option. You don’t encourage a bully. Instead, you have to square up and push back.

Has Russia reached the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and its NATO allies? The announcement this week that Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in the Gulf of Mexico – America’s own backyard – suggests so.

The move may seem like a reckless ratcheting up of tensions between the old Cold War rivals. The Tupolev Russian strategic bombers in question are nuclear-capable, and as expected the decision to patrol the Caribbean seas sparked a stern response from Washington, warning Moscow of risks.

Nov 15 08:56

'Savage cuts'? You ain't seen nothing yet

We may have encouraging news of economic recovery, growth, and falling unemployment, which all suggest the darkest days for Britain’s finances are over. But the truth is that the UK’s debt is far worse than it was when the Coalition took over.

Despite all Chancellor George Osborne’s efforts to reduce spending, we are borrowing even more than last year — and because earnings are low, so too are tax revenues, making it harder to pay the interest on those debts without borrowing more.

It means that whoever wins the next election is going to have to make huge cuts in spending — some figures suggest an extra £48 billion over the next five years.

Nov 15 08:51

Did VIP abusers murder a boy? Scotland Yard's new probe into paedophile ring at luxury flats used by ministers

Police probing an alleged VIP paedophile ring are examining its links to a number of suspected murders.

Scotland Yard announced yesterday it is investigating a 'possible homicide' more than 30 years ago centring on a block of luxury flats long popular with MPs.

The explosive allegation could even extend to a series of murders related to child sex abuse 'parties' involving senior politicians, spy chiefs and prominent military and legal figures.

Nov 15 08:48

Surge in small business closures despite improving economy as more than HALF fail to survive beyond five years

More than half of new small businesses in the UK are failing to survive longer than five years, according to shocking new figures.

Research commissioned by insurance group RSA revealed that just 45 per cent of start-ups that launched in 2006 made it to their fifth birthday.

Small firms that set up during the recession are even less likely to make it - 25 per cent of start-ups that set up in 2008 didn't make it to their second birthday, according to the research. Whereas in 2006, a slightly higher 80 per cent managed to make it past the two year mark.

Nov 15 07:34

Food ban at ATP tennis tour finals over 'terror fears'

Sandwiches and sweets were confiscated from tennis fans attending matches at the O2 Arena because of the UK's raised terror threat, organisers have claimed.

Ticket holders attending the ATP World Tour Finals said they were "shocked and disappointed" to have their snacks and drinks taken by security upon arrival.

Some fans claimed the reason was that the venue's food outlets were not making enough money.

Nov 14 19:00

WHAT WE TRULY LEARNED FROM THE GREAT WAR AND THE ABSURDITY OF REMEMBRANCE DAY

by John Chuckman

The real reason for the ceremonies and parades and speeches is to keep young men keen to go and kill and die, there being no group of humans more subject to cheap emotional appeals about glory and heroism than young men, as we see, ad nauseam, generation after generation.

As I’ve written before, humans are little more than chimpanzees with larger brains, those larger brains enabling us to magnify immensely the power of our murderous instincts, a fact we seem determined proudly to display every Remembrance Day.

Nov 14 13:05

Obama Slammed for Iran Outreach

American neocons are furious that President Obama reportedly sent a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei apparently urging concessions on nuclear talks and referencing joint interests in combating Islamic State radicals, but the letter may reflect smart diplomacy, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

The bursts of criticism — from those who inveterately oppose any dealing with Iran, and those who inveterately oppose anything Barack Obama is doing, which include some of the same people — of a letter Mr. Obama reportedly sent to the supreme leader of Iran can readily be dismissed for multiple reasons.

Nov 14 11:38

UK to stop its citizens seeing extremist material online

The U.K.’s big internet service providers, including BT, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and Sky, have agreed to filter out terrorist and extremist material at the government’s behest, in order to stop people seeing things that may make them sympathetic towards terrorists.

Nov 14 09:19

More Russia sanctions if Ukraine not resolved: Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron said existing sanctions imposed by the West were having an impact on Russia's economy.

Ed Note: Yes, they are indeed having an impact, Eton Boy. They are stimulating domestic industrial and agricultural output to an degree not seen before now. Farmers and industrialists couldn't be happier! For the consumer, foreign goods are more expensive, but domestically-produced goods are still the same price. Meanwhile, back in EU-land, economies that were already in danger of stagnating are being dragged down due to the lack of trade with Russia.

Nov 14 09:19

UK to seize 'foreign fighters' passports

British Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined plans to seize passports from British nationals linked to armed groups and stop them returning from fighting overseas.

Cameron has also proposed landing bans on airlines that fail to comply with London's no-fly lists.

Nov 14 08:57

Unlike Brits, Americans don't think tax is morally right: "Most Americans think that their moral right to keep the money they earn trumps their duty to contribute towards public services, the exact opposite of attitudes in Britain"

Most Americans think that their moral right to keep the money they earn trumps their duty to contribute towards public services, the exact opposite of attitudes in Britain

Nov 14 08:28

Cameron Compares Russia to Nazi Germany Ahead of Meeting With Putin

British Prime Minister David Cameron has compared Russia to Nazi Germany over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine ahead of meeting with Vladimir Putin on Saturday at the G20 summit in Australia.

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Stop being such an arse, Dave!

Nov 14 07:41

Historical abuse inquiry: Police examine 'possible homicide'

Police are investigating "possible homicide" linked to what has been described as a paedophile ring involving powerful people in the 1970s and 1980s.

The group is alleged to have included senior figures in public life, the military, politics and law enforcement.

In a statement Scotland Yard said inquiries were at an early stage.

A key witness who has spoken to police has told the BBC that he was abused for nine years as a boy.

He has appealed for others who may have evidence to come forward.

The Metropolitan Police said detectives were made aware of allegations regarding possible homicide during the last month.

Nov 13 12:35

How the BBC whitewashed Britain's disastrous 13 years of war in Afghanistan

What the BBC's John Simpson said:

• BBC ‘They haven’t beaten the Taliban but they haven’t been beaten by the Taliban… it doesn’t look as though the Taliban are coming back’.

In reality, as Helmandis told the New York Times, ‘the Taliban have never been stronger in the province.’ The UK military are fully aware of this, with The Times noting in January 2014 ‘hard-fought territory in southern Afghanistan will fall to the Taliban after British forces withdraw this year, British commanders and military experts believe.’ The report goes on to note there is evidence Afghan soldiers are already patrolling alongside insurgents and quotes a former Special Air Service commander: ‘I will be very surprised if the future Governor of Helmand… is not very closely connected to those who we call the Taliban.’

Nov 13 09:56

CNN plummets to lowest ratings in 23 years

Shimrit Sheetrit, the spokesperson for Cooper’s program, did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the historic ratings low.

Also see:CNN President Jeff Zucker to visit D.C. amid newsroom discord

Nov 13 09:48

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

(These are desperate and dangerous men. A threat to world peace.)

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Nov 13 09:10

Charity: 25,000 UK pensioners to die in winter

A report says that a pensioner will die from cold weather every seven minutes in Britain this winter, amid soaring fuel bills.

The Age UK charity released the report on Tuesday, saying that, this winter, 25,000 elderly people in England and Wales will die as a result of the cold weather and due to high fuel costs and poorly insulated homes.

Nov 12 14:49

Scotland Yard searching Bodleian Library for Dickens Dossier on alleged child sex abuse

Scotland Yard is carrying out a search of the Barbara Castle archives at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library to try and locate a copy of the ‘Dickens Dossier’, the missing file containing allegations of organised child abuse by politicians and other prominent figures.

Nov 12 14:42

Five banks fined 3.4 bln U.S. dollars in global forex probe

Britain, the U.S. and Swiss regulators Wednesday fined five banks 3.4 billion U.S. dollars as traders' attempted manipulation of foreign exchange rates.

Nov 12 12:55

The Berlin Wall Just Another Brick in The Wall

Let’s not just bring down all the walls; let’s bring down the system behind them. For, as the Pink Floyd song goes, the Berlin Wall is just another brick in the wall – the much bigger ideological wall is Western capitalism.

The 25th anniversary marking the fall of the Berlin Wall was an occasion to propagandise the past simultaneously with the present.

Nov 12 10:07

Fracking won't cut bills and ministers 'oversold' shale gas benefits, experts say

Fracking won’t cut energy bills and ministers have “oversold” the benefits of UK shale gas exploration, Government-funded experts have warned.

In a report on Wednesday, academics at the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) said shale gas had been wrongly “heralded as the solution to our security of supply concerns”.

Instead of “banking on shale” the Government should support investment in more gas storage facilities to prevent prices spiking in the event of supply crises, the experts, who are independent but taxpayer-funded said.

Nov 12 08:15

Did Special Branch seize dossier linking MPs and paedophiles? Police investigate whether officers confiscated document that revealed 16 names

Police are investigating whether Special Branch officers confiscated documents naming 16 MPs and peers with links to a paedophile group.

Campaigners fear they may have been destroyed in an establishment cover-up involving the predatory paedophile Cyril Smith – along with the missing ‘Dickens dossier’.

Theresa May announced the Metropolitan Police will investigate what happened to a file passed to award-winning journalist Don Hale by the late Labour minister Barbara Castle.

It allegedly included the identities of senior politicians who were actively promoting the Paedophile Information Exchange, which campaigned to legalise sex with children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Nov 11 15:04

Child sex abuse report: Files concerning Westminster paedophile ring were destroyed in the last few years

Theresa May has admitted there “might have been” a cover-up at Home Office in the 1980s concerning allegations that politicians were involved in child sex abuse but said an official review found the claim was “not proven”.

Nov 11 13:22

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Adelson and Saban, one a mega donor to the Republican Party, the other a top backer of the Clintons, may have their differences when it comes to U.S. politics. But on Israel, both engaged in one-upmanship, trying to outdo each other’s hawkishness.

Nov 11 11:53

Contaminating the Nation’s Food: GM Food on the Shelves of UK supermarkets

From the US to India, the GMO biotech industry appears to have a ‘contaminate first then push for regulatory authorisation later’ policy. The contamination of our food seems to be a deliberate strategy of the industry.

In the UK, there is a multi-pronged approach to try to get GM food onto the nation’s plates. The majority of the British public who express a view on GM food do not want it [2]. However, we are experiencing a consistent drive to distort the debate over the GM issue, hijack institutions, co-opt so-called ‘public servants’ and pass off vest commercial interests as the ‘public good’.

Nov 11 11:11

The last of the poppies is planted: Thousands flock to Tower of London to see teenage cadet put the final ceramic flower in place as the nation falls silent to remember Britain's war dead

The final poppy has been planted at the Tower of London this morning, as the nation paid tribute to the millions of British servicemen who have died in conflict since the start of the First World War.

The 888,246th flower - representing the life of the 888,246th person who died in action during the Great War - was planted by 13-year-old cadet Harry Hayes, heralding the completion of the magnificent tribute, which has seen the Tower's moat progressively filled with a sea of crimson blooms.

This morning, thousands flocked to the memorial to pay their respects to the nation's war dead on an especially poignant Armistice Day, 100 years since the start of the First World War.

And, by the time the bugler sounded the Last Post just before 11am, thousands more had gathered at the Blood Swept Lands And Seas of Red memorial to take part in the two-minute silence.

Nov 11 10:01

Police covered up their link to blacklisting of trade unionists

A newly revealed document exposes that the police covered up its link to blacklisting of trade unionists.

In 2008 a detective chief inspector in the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (Netcu) briefed members of the Consulting Association, the firm that ran the blacklist.

Nov 11 09:48

CCTV footage 'disappeared' after the Hillsborough football disaster

CCTV footage from the Hillsborough disaster disappeared from the stadium, a jury has heard.

Some 96 Liverpool football fans died as a result of the disaster in 1989.

Roger James Holdsworth gave evidence to fresh inquests into their deaths last week. The engineer advised Sheffield Wednesday football club on CCTV systems.

Nov 11 09:22

NHS England: Where's the money going?

The new NHS is big on transparency. Tim Kelsey, the senior official overseeing care.data and all things digital in the NHS yesterday announced that transparency is “the most important innovation in health”, adding rather dramatically: “The closed world is the enemy of good care." Jeremy Hunt has said greater openness makes the NHS ‘safer for patients’.

NHS England chief, Simon Stevens, has gone as far as claiming that NHS England “has set new standards for openness and transparency in all of its operations, compared with what went before.”

Nov 11 08:58

Cover up? Review of Home Office handling of Westminster child sex allegations slammed

A supposedly independent review of the Home Office’s handling of allegations about decades of systemic child abuse that infiltrated Westminster has ruled that it’s impossible to discern if there was an establishment cover-up.

Home Secretary Theresa May faces strident criticism following the release of the review’s findings.

Nov 11 08:50

Another Fake Bin Laden Story — Paul Craig Roberts

Any SEAL who was so totally stupid as to kill the unarmed “Terror Mastermind” would probably have been courtmartialed for incompetency. Look at the smiling face of the man Who Killed Bin Laden. He thinks that his claim that he murdered a man makes him a hero, a powerful comment on the moral degeneracy of Americans.

The Pentagon claims that O’Neill by claiming credit has painted a big target sign on our door asking ISIS to come get us

What unbelievable nonsense.

Nov 10 23:04

Foiled Plot by Alleged Islamic Terrorists to Kill Queen Elizabeth. It was not a False Flag!

An alleged plot to kill Her Majesty the Queen was uncovered barely 2 days before the Remembrance Day celebrations.

Four suspected Islamic terrorists were arrested by police for having put together a carefully designed plot to kill Queen Elizabeth II.

A scanty yet authoritative police report was made public in a timely fashion on Friday, two days before the Remembrance Day celebrations.

Nov 10 18:27

Fracking firms should be allowed to cause bigger earth tremors, academics claim

Fracking firms must be allowed to cause far more significant earth tremors if the Government wants the shale gas industry to succeed, leading academics have warned.

Nov 10 16:31

The energy saving bailout: Government rescue to save troubled Green Deal finance firm from disaster

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is planning to bail out the troubled Green Deal Finance Company which was on the brink of collapse.

The flagship Green Deal scheme – part of the Government’s key home insulation programme – allows householders to make energy-saving improvements, including the installation of double glazing.

The cost of the work is repaid through a charge added to the homeowner’s energy bills.

However, the scheme has proved to be very unpopular.

Just 4,353 Green Deals have been signed since the scheme’s launch last year, but the company needs 60,000 a year to break even.

Nov 10 16:19

BBC pulls Panorama programme set to unmask 'Fake Sheikh' journalist Mazher Mahmood minutes before it was due to air

A BBC programme which promised to unmask 'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood and set to be aired tonight was shelved at the eleventh hour after a last minute submission by his lawyer.

The corporation had intended to broadcast Panorama, Fake Sheikh: Exposed at 8.30pm following the Court of Appeal's decision today to allow producers to broadcast recent images of the undercover reporter.

But shortly before the programme was scheduled to air, Mr Mahmood's lawyers submitted new information relating to one of the cases it included.

Nov 10 14:02

Will British Jewish funders’ blackmail backfire?

Alan Hart offers advice to the UK Labour Party’s erstwhile Jewish donors, who are allegedly ditching the party because Ed Miliband  condemned Israel and supported recognition of Palestine as an  independent state.

Nov 10 12:10

Russia’s Vulnerability to EU – US Sanctions and Military Encroachments

President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICS; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”. The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

The US-EU sponsored coup in the Ukraine and its conversion from a stable Russian trading partner, to a devastated EU economic client and NATO launch pad, as well as the subsequent economic sanctions against Russia for supporting the Russian ethnic majority in the Donbas region and Crimea, illustrate the dangerous vulnerability of the Russian economy and state. The current effort to increase Russia’s national security and economic viability in the face of these challenges requires a critical analysis of the policies and structures emerging in the post-Soviet era.

Nov 10 12:03

Will the blackmail of British Jewish funders backfire?

The story in The Independent On Sunday was not quite as explicit as its headline. Its message was not that very many Jewish funders had already pulled the plug on funding for the Labour Party but that they were intending to do so.

Question: What’s the difference between the Zionist lobby in America and the Zionist lobby in Britain?

Answer: In America it gives money to politicians to make them. In Britain it denies them money to break them.

What is Miliband’s crime in the eyes of wealthy British Jews who have been contributing to Labour Party funds?

He condemned Israel’s last war on the Gaza Strip which he described as “wrong and unjustifiable.” He also accused Conservative Prime Minister Cameron of being wrong not to have condemned Israel; and he added that Israel was “losing friends in the international community day by day.” (Which is true).

Nov 10 11:57

Discovering Iran — Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Marcel Proust said: “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” During the past two decades, I visited Iran on numerous occasions staying 10-14 days at a time. This time around, I stayed for 2 months and heeding Proust, I carried with me a fresh pair of eyes. I discarded both my Western lenses as well as my Iranian lenses and observed with objective eyes. It was a formidable journey that left me breathless.

It is hard to know where to start a travel log and how to describe a newfound world in a few pages. However, given the obsession with the status of women, it is perhaps appropriate to start with the women in Iran as I perceived them.

Nov 10 11:46

Pressure on ‘The Lancet’ for Gaza letter another example of pro-Israel assault on freedom of expression

A new front in the war on freedom of expression has emerged from the pages of the international medical journal, The Lancet. A letter critical of Israel, published in July in the online edition, and subsequently republished in the August 2 issue, provoked the usual hasbara sequence of events: vociferous expressions of outrage and hurt, attacks on the character of the letter writers, insinuations that the Lancet editor is anti-Semitic, and demands for a retraction.

Nov 10 09:42

Corrupt Politicians, Imf Loans And Foreign Aid

External forces do not enslave the masses of the world - they are enslaved by those from their own country who serve external forces. Leaders of countries which accept IMF loans are nothing more than recipients of credit cards with exploitative rates of interest; their main aim being to force countries to adopt 'structural adjustment programmes', a 'weasel word' term for the selling of State assets to American corporations, financial and labour market deregulation, reduction in public services and welfare programmes.

Nov 10 09:14

A Saudi oil firm paid former British prime minister Tony Blair a fee of about £41,000 a month and a 2 percent slice of each contract he helped arrange.

A document obtained by the Sunday Times indicates that Blair struck the secret deal with PetroSaudi, a company jointly founded by Prince Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud, the son of Saudi King Abdullah, and Saudi businessman Tarek Obaid.

Nov 10 08:48

Britain may begin offering speech licenses to cut down on ‘extremist’ speech

In Britain, if you have extreme views on anything from Western democracy to women’s role in public life, you might soon require a license from the government before you can speak in public. Seriously.

Nearly 350 years after us Brits abolished the licensing of the press, whereby every publisher had to get the blessing of the government before he could press and promote his ideas, a new system of licensing is being proposed. And it’s one which, incredibly, is even more tyrannical than yesteryear’s press licensing since it would extend to individuals, too, potentially forbidding ordinary citizens from opening their gobs in public without officialdom’s say-so.

It’s the brainchild of Theresa May, the Home Secretary in David Cameron’s government. May wants to introduce “extremism disruption orders”, which, yes, are as terrifyingly authoritarian as they sound.

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THIS, from the country which gave the world the Magna Carta?!?!?

Absoflipppinglutely unbelievable!!

Nov 10 07:46

Osborne warned he will need to DOUBLE spending cuts to £48billion after the election

George Osborne was today warned he must cut £48billion in the next five years to meet his austerity targets, twice the level of savings previously thought necessary to balance the books.

The army, police, courts and councils will bear the brunt of the spending cuts in the second half of the decade of austerity, after the Tories pledged to protect health, education and foreign aid.

Nov 10 07:42

Ban on smoking in cars will be passed into law within weeks and come into force in October 2015

The law will be changed to ban smoking in cars carrying children next month, it emerged today.

Legislation is expected to be passed in December, with the ban coming into force from October next year.

The new law will apply to anyone carrying children in a car, not just parents.

Nov 09 21:47

Canada’s ‘Remembrance Day’: righteous or rancorous?

With Canada’s annual “Remembrance Day” just around the corner, it would be wise to broach the issue of “remembering” those Canadians who fought and died in the two bloodiest conflicts in world history with some humility and skepticism.

With all things considered, “Remembrance Day” amounts to little more than a glorification of war and an exercise in jingoism and self-aggrandizement. It re-enforces the insulting myth of the “good” and “necessary” wars. It encourages the refusal to recognize the wrongs committed by “our side” in those bloody conflicts. This‘day of reverence’ for our soldiers acts as a mind control mechanism to deceive the public into believing that our government has always acted benevolently and in the interests of the people, when in fact the opposite is true.

Nov 09 21:44

Kiev Recalls Geneva Only to Erase Minsk

Kiev’s incorrigible lying always leads eventually to the truth.

Kiev’s President Petro Poroshenko this week called on his fawning Uncle Sam to resuscitate the Geneva format of peace talks. This forum was first convoked back in April between the US, European Union, Russia and the Kiev regime, with the latter arrogating the title of «Ukraine».

Then only two days after this sudden nostalgia for Geneva, the Kiev regime was accusing Russia of a major cross-border military invasion into eastern Ukraine.

Nov 09 21:41

Lavrov v. Kerry in Beijing

Responsible leaders prioritize efforts more than ever for world peace. Anathema to Washington. Permanent war is official U.S. policy. One nation after another is targeted, ravaged and destroyed. Wealth, power and unchallengeable dominance alone matter. World peace hangs by a thread.

Obama represents the worst of US rogue leadership. Threatening world peace.
Turning truth on its head saying “…Russia’s actions against Ukraine remind us we have more work to do to fully realize our shared vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace.” Washington bears full responsibility for Ukrainian crisis conditions. Rogue EU partners share it.Establishing fascist governance in Europe’s heartland. For the first time since Nazi Germany’s WW II defeat.

Fuck the EU’: US diplomat Victoria Nuland’s phonecall leaked - video dispels any myth that Russia is responsible for the mess.

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Nov 09 21:36

Russia’s Vulnerability to EU – US Sanctions and Military Encroachments

President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICS; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”. The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

Nov 09 12:06

UK condemned over arms sales to repressive states

The government has been accused of dishonesty over arms sales as new figures reveal that the value of British weapons sales to “countries of concern” has already hit £60m this year. Former Tory defence minister Sir John Stanley, who chairs the Commons committees on arms export controls, says ministers failed to come clean on a “significant change in policy” that makes it easier to export arms to countries with a poor human rights record.

Nov 09 11:18

Intelligence Committee lacks powers to get to the truth on UK renditions, say boycotting NGOs

Nine leading human rights NGOs have today warned that Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) is “not…adequate” to the task of investigating the UK’s involvement in rendition and torture, and said they will boycott its inquiry into the issue as a result.

Nov 09 09:24

The Broken Model Of The Eurozone

I stumbled upon these few words in an Ambrose Evans Pritchard article the other day, and they hit me almost like some sort of epiphany, which in turn made me feel a little stupid, because it’s all so obvious. What Ambrose wrote (and this time I’m not making fun of him), was about the eurozone (EMU), of which he said:

The North is competitive. The South is 20% overvalued.

And I realized that’s all you need to know about the eurozone, and about why it will fail. Or has already failed, to put it more accurately. There’s no other information required. Other than a bit of context perhaps to clarify.

Nov 09 09:04

Ex-MI6 chief Peter Hayman named as VIP who sexually abused boys at Dolphin Square apartment complex near Parliament

The former deputy director of MI6 Peter Hayman sexually abused young boys at an apartment complex near Parliament, an alleged victim has claimed.

Hayman, who died in 1992, was investigated by police in 1978 for possessing inappropriate literature, but was not prosecuted.

He has been named as one of a number of paedophiles by a man, now in his forties, who claims to have been abused over a period of three years at Dolphin Square.

The information has been passed to Scotland Yard to consider as part of its investigation into historic allegations of sexual abuse at Westminster.

Nov 09 09:01

Ex-MI6 chief Peter Hayman named as VIP who sexually abused boys at Dolphin Square apartment complex near Parliament

The former deputy director of MI6 Peter Hayman sexually abused young boys at an apartment complex near Parliament, an alleged victim has claimed.

Hayman, who died in 1992, was investigated by police in 1978 for possessing inappropriate literature, but was not prosecuted.

He has been named as one of a number of paedophiles by a man, now in his forties, who claims to have been abused over a period of three years at Dolphin Square.

The information has been passed to Scotland Yard to consider as part of its investigation into historic allegations of sexual abuse at Westminster.

Nov 09 07:07

UK Labour party funding crisis: Jewish donors drop 'toxic' Ed Miliband (for pro-Palestinian stance)

The Labour party is facing desertion by Jewish donors and supporters because of Ed Mili-band's "toxic" anti-Israeli stance over Gaza and Palestine. In a fresh headache for the Labour leader, it is understood that Mr Miliband has been warned that Jewish backers are deserting the party in droves over what community leaders perceive to be a new, aggressive pro-Palestine policy at the expense of Israeli interests.

One prominent Jewish financial backer, a lifelong Labour supporter, said he no longer wanted to "see Mr Miliband in Downing Street or Douglas Alexander as Foreign Secretary".

A senior Labour MP warned that Mr Miliband now had a "huge if not insurmountable challenge" to maintain support from parts of the Jewish community that had both backed and helped fund Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's election campaigns.

Nov 08 10:53

Britain and France to blame for Adolf Hitler’s march into Europe, Putin tells young historians

Vladimir Putin has said there was nothing bad about the Nazi-Soviet Pact, the non-aggression treaty which led to the carve-up of Poland at the outset of the Second World War, suggesting that Britain and France were to blame for Adolf Hitler’s march into Europe.

Nov 08 08:42

Frankenstein foods slip into M&S: Anger as store puts GM food on shelves despite being opposed to engineered products

Marks & Spencer has come under fire for abandoning its policy of selling only GM-free food.

The store is selling six products containing genetically-modified soya or corn despite having long presented itself as being opposed to such engineered products.

The six are teriyaki, ginger and hibachi sauces from the American TonTon brand, and three flavours of Moravian Cookie – sugar, chocolate, and cranberry and orange.

Other stores are also selling an increasing number of imported American foods from brands including Reese, Hershey and Oreo that contain GM ingredients.

The move has been condemned by critics of the technology who say it is evidence of the insidious way so-called Frankenstein foods are being introduced.

Nov 08 07:07

Europe becoming irrelevant due to short-sighted anti-Russian policies – Gorbachev

After the Cold War ended, the leaders of the western world were intoxicated with euphoria of triumph, and they adopted anti-Russian policies that eventually led to the current crisis, Gorbachev said.

“Taking advantage of Russia’s weakening and a lack of a counterweight, they claimed monopoly leadership and domination in the world. And they refused to heed the word of caution from many of those present here,” he said. “The events of the past months are consequences of short-sighted policies of seeking to impose one’s will and fait accompli while ignoring the interests of one’s partners.”

Nov 08 06:51

Girl hurt in Nottinghamshire police gun accident

A seven-year-old girl was injured when a police officer accidentally fired a gun in front of a group of children.

Nov 07 15:53

The British government is leading a gunpowder plot against democracy

This bill of corporate rights threatens to blow the sovereignty of parliament unless it can be stopped.

Nov 07 15:26

G4S stonewalls over questions on involvement in Guantánamo Bay

British security company G4S is refusing to address concerns over its involvement in the running of the US prison at Guantánamo Bay.

Nov 07 15:18

Britons say religion does more bad than good, atheists ‘more moral’ than believers

Nearly two-thirds of British people stated that religion causes more harm than it brings benefits, according to a new poll, which shows Muslim beliefs at odds with those of the rest of society.

Nov 07 11:07

UK to pay £1.7bn EU bill in full despite Osborne’s claim to have halved it

Chancellor says bill was cut to £850m but Treasury aides admit Britain is also returning its automatic rebate, making up the rest

The government has accepted a £1.7bn top-up bill to the EU budget despite repeatedly denouncing its size as unacceptable.

George Osborne, the chancellor, has won a respite, however – avoiding a 1 December deadline and deferring the payment interest-free until next September, well after the general election.

Britain’s automatic rebate on its contributions to the EU budget was expected to knock €1bn off the demand for €2.1bn, leading the chancellor to brag that he had halved the payment.

Nov 07 10:49

'Cannibal' killer found CHEWING woman's face in hotel room before he was tasered by police

Matthew Williams, 34, "went Hannibal Lecter" on his victim, 22, eating her eyeball and half of her face - he later died after being tasered by police

A killer died after being tasered by police today after they found him CHEWING a woman's face in a hotel room - just two weeks after he was released from prison.

Murder suspect Matthew Williams, 34, "went Hannibal Lecter" on his victim, 22, eating her eyeball and half of her face.

Security staff at the hotel burst into the room today when Williams refused to let them in and they found him "eating her to death".

Horrified staff called police who hit Williams with the high voltage taser knocking him to the floor.

Williams was formally arrested but moments later became "unresponsive" and died.

Nov 07 08:20

‘Toxic brand’: Britons say religion does more bad than good, atheists ‘more moral’ than believers

Nearly two-thirds of British people stated that religion causes more harm than it brings benefits, according to a new poll, which shows Muslim beliefs at odds with those of the rest of society.

The poll of 2,004 people conducted by Survation exclusively for Huffington Post UK revealed that nearly two in five Britons have no religious allegiance, with just 56 percent describing themselves as Christians.

The figures for active worship are even more stark, with 60 percent of the population surveyed claiming they are “not religious at all” with only 8 percent saying they are “very religious.”

Nov 07 07:38

Inside the UN Resolution on Depleted Uranium

On October 31, a new United Nations General Assembly First Committee resolution on depleted uranium (DU) weapons passed overwhelmingly. There were 143 states in favor, four against, and 26 abstentions. The measure calls for UN member states to provide assistance to countries contaminated by the weapons. The resolution also notes the need for health and environmental research on depleted uranium weapons in conflict situations.

This fifth UN resolution on the subject was fiercely opposed by four depleted uranium-shooting countries — Britain, the United States, France and Israel — who cast the only votes in opposition. The 26 states that abstained reportedly sought to avoid souring lucrative trade relationships with the four major shooters.

Nov 07 07:00

G4S stonewalls questions over involvement in Guantánamo Bay

British security company G4S is refusing to address concerns over its involvement in the running of the US prison at Guantánamo Bay.

Human rights charity Reprieve submitted a complaint to the UK government earlier this year, arguing that G4S has breached OECD Guidelines because of its contract to supply ‘base support operating services’ at Guantánamo Bay.

Nov 06 19:28

“When ancient theologies are used for modern political ends...” (Gospel according to Rabbi Lord Sacks)

Israelis may not behead innocent Palestinians but they sure as hell butcher them in huge numbers with high-tech weaponry paid for by America, then whine when their victims hit back with whatever unsophisticated devices they can lay hands on…

Nov 06 16:27

Washington’s Middle East Wars

CrossTalking with Ken O’Keefe, Majid Rafizadeh, and Peter van Buren.

What is Washington’s strategy against the Islamic State? Is the Islamic State a creation of the United States? Is the war on terror really a war on Islam? Will the US make amends with Iran in order to defeat the Islamic State? What is Washington’s endgame?

As ever an articulate Ken O’ Keefe injects some teeth and meaning into the discussion. At the outset he disagrees with all of the panelists. He notes it is beyond naive and extremely generous on the part of analysts to say America is making mistakes that are resulting in unintended consequences and America’s numerous think tanks are “running out of ideas.”

Nov 06 16:02

British Spies Are Free to Target Lawyers and Journalists

British spies have been granted the authority to secretly eavesdrop on legally privileged attorney-client communications, according to newly released documents.

On Thursday, a series of previously classified policies confirmed for the first time that the U.K.’s top surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters (pictured above) has advised its employees: “You may in principle target the communications of lawyers.”

The country’s other major security and intelligence agencies—MI5 and MI6—have adopted similar policies, the documents show. The guidelines also appear to permit surveillance of journalists and others deemed to work in “sensitive professions.”

Nov 06 14:06

British banks face major anti-monopoly probe

A major inquiry into the dominance of Britain’s largest banks was launched by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on Thursday in an effort to challenge their monopoly of the UK’s financial sector and boost competitiveness on the high street.

The watchdog’s investigation focuses on concerns relating to large banks’ control of the UK’s lucrative personal current accounts and small business lending sectors.

Nov 06 13:17

RIPA case revelation: Government 'routinely' spies on lawyers

Legal policies which allow MI5, MI6 and GCHQ to access confidential privileged communications between lawyers and clients were disclosed in court today. The documents were disclosed in a claim brought against the government by Libyan man Abdel Hakim Belhaj and Amnesty International. The previously secret documents relate to surveillance procedures which reveal that the government spies on confidential communication between lawyers and their clients. This violates the fundamental constitutional right to confidential legal advice.

Nov 06 08:33

300,000 more ‘absolute poor’ in Britain than officially recognized

The number of British people living in absolute poverty is 300,000 higher than previously thought, according to a study for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

The report for the JRF by the New Policy Institute analyzes the relationship between poverty and the cost of living. It says that big increases in food and energy prices mean poorer households experience larger increases in their living costs than richer ones.

In the six years from 2008 to 2014, the cost of energy in the UK rose by 67 percent and the cost of food by 32 percent. Over the same period the retail price index, a measure of the cost of a basket of goods and services, jumped by 22 percent.

Nov 06 08:30

Watch out below! Massive steel bolts fall from London skyscraper

Two heavy steel bolts broke off one of London’s tallest skyscrapers, prompting urgent ultrasound tests on more than 3,000 ‘mega-bolt’ on the City’s ‘cheese-grater’ tower.

The 47-story landmark building was cordoned off from pedestrians after the incident. The bolts are reportedly around the size of a human arm.

Contractor Laing O’Rourke, who constructed the tower, and structural engineers Arup have begun a full investigation testing for weaknesses in the 5-inch-diameter (12.7cm) bolts that hold the building together.

Nov 06 07:00

300,000 More People In ‘Absolute Poverty’ Than Previously Thought

300,000 more people could be living in “absolute poverty” in the UK than previously thought, according to a shocking new report.

Nov 06 06:52

Top British companies using Luxembourg tax avoidance scheme 'like a magical fairyland' to save billions

Some of the world’s largest firms including top British companies are using a Luxembourg tax avoidance scheme ‘like a magical fairyland’ to get out of paying billions of pounds, it emerged last night.

Leaked tax papers totalling nearly 28,000 pages connected to more than 1,000 firms show businesses used a long-winded process involving internal loans and interest payments to cut their tax bills, The Guardian reported.

The arrangements – used by top companies including vacuum cleaner company Dyson and drugs group Shire – were signed off by the European Union state and are all legal.

Nov 05 10:02

AT LAST! Britain leads the entire civilised world in multi-billion Pound adventure:

The UK’s current account deficit climbed to £72.4bn last year, say the latest data from the Office for National Statistics. At 4.2% of gdp and climbing, it’s the biggest deficit in real terms for 66 years….and the biggest deficit of any major industrialised economy in the world.

Once again proving that our long-term economic plan is working, and getting worse. The Daily Telegraph’s view? It doesn’t matter. It’s PMQs in the Commons today. 200-1 that Ed Miliband fails to land a punch, even with that damning statistic to hand. But just to reiterate what a ballsup this is, the rebalancing of the UK economy is going so well, Rolls Royce has just fired 2,600 employees.

Nov 05 09:55

UN to investigate GCHQ, MI5 spying on foreign delegates at climate summit talks

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced he will launch an inquiry into allegations that British secret service agents spied on foreign governments at two consecutive international climate summits in 2009 and 2010.

The spies allegedly snooped on delegations’ membership lists and kit passes to discern states’ negotiation positions and give Britain the upper hand in climate talks.

Nov 05 08:33

REVEALED: The Government will use its new tax summaries to MISLEAD THE PUBLIC about welfare spending

You'd think a nurse's pension would be counted as a pension, not as "welfare".

But in new tax summaries that will be sent out to 24 million homes by George Osborne, he has done a tricksy re-definition of the word "welfare" that makes the benefits bill look a lot bigger than it actually is.

Nov 04 11:23

Anonymous Now: Million Mask March descends on London

The Million Mask March will course through London on Wednesday November 5. The march, in which all demonstrators obscure their faces to protect their identity, is in protest against austerity, mass surveillance and attacks on human rights.

Organized by the global hacktivist group Anonymous, the London protest will march from Trafalgar Square and finish at the Houses of Parliament.

It is unknown how many demonstrators will join the march, as pleas from police for information have remained unanswered.

Nov 03 08:51

How the fall of France could cement the rise of Ukip

“I wouldn’t hold French shares,” said Nigel Farage with a wink, belying his previous life as a stockbroker. “The country is in real trouble,” the Ukip leader told me at an investment conference in London last week. “As someone who loves France, it gives me no pleasure to say that.”

While Mr Farage casually dishes out advice to sell French stocks, he knows only too well that, for all his admiration of Gallic gastronomy and tabacs, the singular weakness of the French economy, and related political fall-out, is playing into his hands.

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