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May 27 16:10

Shirt of shame: Britain dishes out £62million in foreign aid to Rwandan dictator who splurges £30million on sponsorship for his beloved Arsenal FC

An impoverished African country which has received hundreds of millions of pounds in aid from British taxpayers is paying £30 million to sponsor Arsenal – one of the world's richest football clubs.

Rwanda, which is getting £62 million this year alone from the UK, has paid the Premier League club to promote the country's tourist industry on players' shirts.

The astonishing deal will also give Rwanda's despotic ruler Paul Kagame and his cronies the use of an exclusive hospitality box at the London club's Emirates Stadium, piles of match-day tickets and access to star players for promotional work.

Last night, furious critics of the UK's £13 billion-a-year foreign aid programme said the deal proves that British taxpayer cash is being flagrantly wasted.

May 27 16:01

Gordon Brown to re-enter Brexit debate to join demands for a second referendum

Gordon Brown will wade back into the Brexit debate this week to demand a second referendum on the final deal.

The ex-Prime Minister will join the Labour Against Brexit campaign seeking to frustrate the 2016 vote to quit the European Union.

May 27 15:56

Work halts on 67-storey Spire London after it was revealed the highest floors of the £800million skyscraper have just one escape stairwell

Works on the enormous Spire London building have ground to a halt after it was revealed residents on the upper floors of the skyscraper will only have access to one escape stairwell.

At 67-storeys tall, the tower was set to be the tallest residential skyscraper in western Europe when opened in 2020 - but the revelations about its lack of safety provisions have raised questions over what the completed project will look like.

May 27 15:50

Elections watchdog budgets £829,000 taxpayers money to plan for EU Parliament polls in 2019 despite them being due weeks AFTER Brexit

The Electoral Commission has earmarked more than £800,000 to run elections to the European Parliament next year despite Brexit.

The election watchdog admitted it was unlikely to ever run the polls because Britain is not supposed to ever elect MEPs again.

But it insisted that it had to prepare for the possibility of polls, which would have been due next spring if Britain had not voted for Brexit.

May 27 15:47

Doctor Who fans slam £230 price tag for 'mug and selfie' with Christopher Eccleston and Peter Capaldi at London Film And Comic Con

Fans of BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who have hit back at London Film And Comic Con organisers after they were told they had to spend £230 to get close to stars Christopher Eccleston and Peter Capaldi.

If loyal fans of the long-running franchise wanted a photo with either former Timelords, they would have to fork out for a 'diamond pass', which pays for a selfie, an 'exclusive mug' and an autograph.

According to The Sun, fans who have booked up for July's event are fuming over the price, calling the expensive fee 'ridiculous'.

May 27 15:39

Is the BBC frittering away YOUR cash on private jets for music stars? Licence fee payers are footing the bill for music festivals headlined by Taylor Swift and Rita Ora

Last night critics questioned how the BBC had managed to pay for a total of eight concerts featuring performances from some of the world’s biggest stars.

Last night critics questioned how the BBC had managed to pay for a total of eight concerts featuring performances from some of the world’s biggest stars.

May 26 09:47

Owner of High Street chemist Boots is accused of 'exploiting cancer patients' by charging the NHS £3,220 for pain relieving mouthwash that can cost £93

The owner of High Street chemist Boots has been accused of 'exploiting cancer patients' by charging the NHS £3,220 for a drug that costs just £93 elsewhere.

Boots' parent company, whose biggest shareholder is Monaco billionaire Stefano Pessina, often supplies the Health Service with a mouthwash that relieves patients of painful sores left after chemotherapy.

The liquid drug is known as a 'special' - an unlicensed medicine bought especially by the NHS to treat patients with particular needs.

Specials cost the NHS £75million a year and can be so expensive some patients are told they can't have them.

Because they are so rarely used, suppliers can charge what they like for them.

May 26 09:46

Pro-EU supporters are being trained to 'ruthlessly target MPs in a series of nationwide roadshows aimed at stopping Brexit'

Pro-EU supporters are being trained to 'ruthlessly' target MPs in a series of nationwide roadshows aimed at stopping Brexit, the Daily Mail has claimed.

The Best for Britain campaign, which is backed by billionaire George Soros, is allegedly using the events to highlight ways activists can 'press the right buttons' to frighten politicians into voting against leaving Europe.

The strategy reportedly includes getting negative stories about MPs in the local and national papers because these will 'get to them on a personal level'.

It also encourages mass phone-ins and letter-writing campaigns to get MPs with slim majorities into believing they will lose their seat if they support Brexit, the paper claims.

May 26 09:42

The bizarre true story of when the UK military tested LSD on Royal Marines

In the kind of clipped BBC English that more frivolous generations associate with comic Harry Enfield's Mr Cholmondley Warner, the narrator explained how the LSD was given to the Royal Marine Commandos “in a cup of wartah.”

“Twenty-five minutes latah, the first effects of the drug became apparent. The men became relaxed and began to giggle.”

They certainly did. The black and white footage from 1964 shows the hitherto ferociously well-drilled servicemen lying flat on their backs, helpless with laughter, or staggering against trees, intoxicated by the hilarity of it all, and by the acid.

“One ahr and ten minutes after taking the drug,” intones the narrator, “With one man climbing a tree to feed the birds, the troop commander gave up, admitting he could no longer control himself or his men.

May 26 09:40

Major Tory Party Donor Says UK PM Should Resign Over Brexit 'Greek Tragedy'

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been widely criticized by politicians and others in Britain for her poor handling of Brexit negotiations. Her proposal for a customs union partnership with the EU has been the main source of criticism in recent weeks.

A major donor to the ruling UK Conservative Party called on PM May to resign today, insisting that she needs to be “replaced as soon as possible,” according to the Telegraph newspaper.

May 26 09:13

Prince William to visit Jordan, Israel, West Bank in June

The prince will begin his June 24-28 trip in Amman, Jordan, then travel to Jerash in Jordan; Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel; and Ramallah in the West Bank.

May 25 17:40

Tommy Robinson Arrested While Covering Grooming Gang Trial, UK Gov Silences Press With Gag Order

British activist Tommy Robinson was arrested Friday morning outside a courthouse for "breach of the peace" for livestreaming the court cases of ten men accused of participating in "child grooming gangs," aka child rape gangs.

May 25 14:40

Britain is 'BLAMING all its mortal SINS' on Russia, fumes Vladimir Putin

Tensions have soared between Moscow and London in recent months amid the Skripal spy poisoning affair and MH17 investigation.

And the Russian President did not hold back as he condemned the UK while speaking to international news agencies on the margins of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

He told reporters: "They now blame Russia for Brexit.

"Again, tosh. We have nothing to do with it whatsoever. This is the inner matter of the UK.

"And I guess we can suspect that those who wanted the UK to leave the EU are Russian agents."

May 25 13:58

RAW VIDEO | Tommy Robinson Gets Arrested For Reporting On Muslim Grooming Gangs...

Freedom of speech isn't dying in Great Britain -- It's ALREADY dead.

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May 25 12:27

LME Plans To Launch Yuan-Denominated Metals Futures Markets

In a sign the currency’s status in international finance is on the rise, and just a few short weeks after China unveiled its Yuan-denominated oil futures contract, the CEO of the London Metal Exchange has confirmed that it is planning to introduce yuan-denominated metal products.

May 25 09:57

Assange's refuge in Ecuadorian embassy 'in jeopardy'

Julian Assange's nearly six-year refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London is in danger, opening the WikiLeaks founder to arrest by British authorities and potential extradition to the US, multiple sources with knowledge tell CNN.

While Assange has in the past claimed his position in the embassy was under threat, sources say his current situation is "unusually bad" and that he could leave the embassy "any day now," either because he will be forced out or made to feel so restricted that he might choose to leave on his own. His position there is "in jeopardy," one source familiar with the matter said.
Assange's exit from the embassy could open a new phase for US investigators eager to find out what he knows.

May 25 09:55

The Skripal Case Is Being Pushed Down The Memory Hole With Libya and Aleppo

Two months after his earth-shattering assassination, as the world stared spellbound at the weekend’s immensely popular PR spectacle of a royal wedding, Sergei Skripal was quietly discharged from the hospital he’d been staying at. The BBC reports that he is walking and approaching complete recovery.

Wait a second. Haven’t I seen this Python skit before?

So to recap, an ex-spy who had been retired and strategically irrelevant for years was reportedly poisoned by the Kremlin with Novichok, a scary Russian-sounding word which refers to a group of extremely deadly and fast-acting nerve agents that start shutting down the body’s muscles and respiratory system within 30 seconds to two minutes.

Except in the case of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia it was several hours with a leisurely stroll, a meal, and beers in between.

May 25 09:33

Is the US out as Turkey’s top Western arms dealer?

Britain may replace the U.S. as Turkey’s major Western weapons supplier, as the two European nations are set to take a “strategic” turn in an already growing defense relationship.

Turkey and Britain have been negotiating a comprehensive trade agreement in anticipation for the latter’s exit from the European Union.

According to a British diplomat in Ankara, the two NATO allies agree on the importance of “doing the maximum in their capacity in the field of defense.”

“Both partners have a long-term, strategic view of their cooperation on defense technologies,” he said.

May 25 09:25

UK threatens to demand money from EU in Brexit feud over European GPS

Britain told the European Union on Thursday it will demand the repayment of up to 1 billion pounds if the bloc restricts its access to the Galileo satellite navigation system, Europe’s version of GPS.

May 25 09:14

BEX ALERT - Russia in cyber attack plot to 'CRIPPLE the CITY OF LONDON' after football World Cup

An anonymous minister has allegedly said “things are eerily quiet on the Russian front” and the lack of action is making the Government feel uneasy.

The minister has suggested an attack could bring the country’s banking quarter to a standstill.

Nicholas Watt, Newsnight’s Political Editor, revealed on last night’s programme the Government insider had told him: “There is a debate going on in Government, things are eerily quiet on the Russian front.”

According to Mr Watt: “What this minister said is that Moscow is biding its time for the World Cup.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Russia is doing nothing ... and that looks SUSPICIOUS!"

May 24 11:06

Russian diplomats must be allowed access to Yulia Skripal to know she’s not held forcibly – embassy

Russia’s Embassy urged London to give direct access to Yulia Skripal after the release of her first interview since the Salisbury attack, since there are doubts that she has been held against her will or forced to make statements.

“We are glad to have seen Yulia Skripal alive and well,” the Russian Embassy in the UK said in a statement. “However, the video shown only strengthens our concerns as to the conditions in which she is being held.”

While the release of Yulia’s interview is most welcome, it “does not discharge the UK authorities from their obligations under Consular Conventions,” Russia’s Embassy reminded.

“The UK is obliged to give us the opportunity to speak to Yulia directly in order to make sure that she is not held against her own will and is not speaking under pressure. So far, we have every reason to suspect the opposite,” the statement reads.

May 24 10:57

New parliamentary motion urges UK government to suspend Israel arms sales

A new parliamentary motion urges the UK government to suspend arms sales to Israel, a move that comes in the aftermath of a massacre of Palestinian demonstrators by the Israeli army.

The Early Day Motion, sponsored by a number of MPs including Labour’s Richard Burden, “notes with concern that UK licences have been granted in the past two years for the export to Israel of categories of arms and arms components”.

Those arms and components include “sniper and assault rifles, pistols, weapon sights, targeting equipment, ammunition for small arms and grenades, smoke canisters, tanks, combat and military helicopters, military support and combat aircraft, and civil riot control protection equipment.”

May 24 10:23

Boris Johnson holds 18-minute phone call with hoax Armenian prime minister

Boris Johnson held an 18-minute phone call with a prankster claiming to be the Armenian prime minister.

The pair talked about Russia, Vladimir Putin and the Salisbury poisoning during the conversation, audio released on Thursday revealed.

A UK diplomatic source later hit back, calling it a "desperate attempt by the Kremlin to save face".

Downing Street confirmed an investigation is underway.

May 24 09:47

'Whistleblower' taped to chair and gagged

A woman who complained of a racist and misogynistic culture in a Scottish government department claims she was taped to a chair and gagged by two male colleagues as a warning to keep quiet.

DeeAnn Fitzpatrick said the restraint took place amid years of bullying and harassment at Marine Scotland's Scrabster office.

The fisheries officer has taken her case to an employment tribunal.

BBC Scotland has obtained a photo of the restraint incident.

May 24 09:23

Germany Pushing to Cut UK Out of Joint Security System After Brexit – Reports

K negotiators have stood up against locking London out of the Galileo satellite program that British companies have helped to create. British media is blaming a German-backed lobby within the European Commission, who see the move as a “pedagogical exercise” for those who want to leave the bloc.

A group of senior officials within the European Commission, backed by Germany, is reported to be lobbying to deny the UK’s government and military access to the Galileo satellite project, which is developing an EU positioning system independent from the United States, Russia and China.

May 24 09:15

Russian Prankster on How He Fooled UK FM Johnson Into Speaking on Skripal, Putin

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson wasn’t keen to take a call from Ukrainian authorities, but agreed to chat with who he thought was the new Armenian Prime Minister, according to the Russian prankster Alexei Stolyarov, who told Sputnik it was Johnson’s fellow official who made it all happen.

"We thought Johnson could be more expressive," Stolyarov told Sputnik speaking on behalf of himself and his fellow prankster Vladimir Kuznetsov.

Also known as Lexus, Stolyarov explained why the pair chose to pose as the new Armenian leader Nikol Pashinyan.

May 24 08:57

UK Retired Soldier Captured After Living in Woods, Robbing French – Reports

A British military retiree had allegedly terrorized the residents of a French town, living in a forest nearby, where he fled from a trial concerning 40 robberies. The guerilla outlaw settled with comfort in a concealed tent, using his military training.

A 51-year-old, retired British soldier has been detained in France and faces a term in prison for dozens of robberies. As a local broadcaster BFMTV reports, he had been hiding in the woods in the western department of Vienne and robbing the residents of Surin over the course of six months.

According to the media he was first captured in April 2017, suspected of 40 robberies, but fled. The court had sentenced him to 15 months in prison, while a European arrest warrant was issued.

May 24 08:33

Resigning from the Labour Party

After much consideration, I have decided to resign from the Labour Party.

The ongoing issues around my suspension from the Labour Party have become a distraction from the key political issue of our time, namely getting rid of a Tory government that is overseeing falling living standards and spiralling poverty whilst starving our beloved public services such as schools and the NHS from the resources they need. The suspension has made it difficult for me to speak out on a range of issues I care about. Whilst I have no plan to run for elected office, I do wish to continue speaking up for social and international justice, and I believe that taking this course of action will best enable this.

We live in dangerous times and there are many issues I wish to speak up on and contribute my experience from running London to, from the need for real action to tackle climate change, to opposing Trump’s war-mongering, to the need to end austerity and invest in our future here in Britain.

May 24 07:42

ISP TalkTalk's Wi-Fi passwords Walk Walk thanks to Awks Awks router security hole

A years-old vulnerability continues to menace the security of some home Wi-Fi networks in the UK.

The WPS feature in TalkTalk's Super Router can be compromised to steal the gateway's wireless network password, according to folks at software development house IndigoFuzz. The British ISP and telco was warned of the shortcoming in 2014, but seemingly nothing has been done about it.

According to IndigoFuzz's advisory on Monday, the routers provide a WPS pairing option that is always turned on. Because that WPS connection is insecure, an attacker within range can exploit it using readily available hacking tools, and thus extract the router's Wi-Fi password.

In other words, if you're near a TalkTalk Super Router, you can probe it for the Wi-Fi password via the wonky WPS feature, and hop onto the wireless network.

May 24 07:32

'Highly-experimental' gene-edited super crops rich in omega 3 will be grown in the UK for the first time after scientists exploit a legal loophole

The field trial will investigate whether genetic engineering can produce super-crops rich in omega 3 oils to boost production of the food supplement.

The government has approved the farming of gene-edited (GE) Camelina oilseed crops because, unlike genetically modified (GM) plants, they contain no 'foreign' DNA from other species.

Instead their genome is changed in ways that could have happened naturally or through traditional selective breeding methods.

However, green campaigners claim growing genetically engineered crops in fields risks reducing crop biodiversity and damaging the local ecosystem.

May 24 07:00

Israel Says Europe Can ‘Go to a Thousand, Thousand Hells’ for Criticizing Violence Against Protesters

"Let them go to a thousand thousand hells," Steinitz told a local radio station, calling the EU hypocritical, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. "The EU is now sucking up to Iran and will help [Tehran] against U.S. sanctions."
Note: That attitude explains a multitude of actions and attitudes. Does Israel have a right to exist? (on Palestinian land)

May 23 12:27

Moscow Concerned Over Yulia Skripal's Treatment as Her 1st Interview Released

Yulia Skripal, who has claimed to have been poisoned by Russia, together with her father Sergei Skripal, gave an interview to Reuters, according to a video released by the agency on Wednesday.

The Russian embassy in the United Kingdom commented on the interview of Yulia Skripal to Reuters, who made her first media appearance since the poisoning. The embassy still suspects Yulis Skripal is kept in Britain against her will, insisting yet again that the Russian consulate officials should be provided direct access to her.

"The United Kingdom has a responsibility to give us the opportunity to communicate directly with Yulia to make sure that she is not kept [in the UK] against her will and does not make statements under pressure. So far we have every reason to suspect the opposite," a representative of the Russian embassy in the UK told reporters.

The embassy believes the text she read during her first interview after the poisoning, was originally written in English.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks like she has a tracheotomy scar on her neck.

May 23 11:07

BP halts work on gas field over US sanctions on Iran

British oil company BP says it has halted work on a gas field which it co-owns with National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) in the North Sea, citing US plans to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

NIOC owns 50% of the Rhum field northeast of Aberdeen and BP holds the other half, which it plans to sell to UK-listed producer Serica Energy.

“BP has decided to defer some planned work on the Rhum gas field in the North Sea while we seek clarity on the potential impact on the field of recent US government decisions regarding Iran,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Current operations at Rhum such as provisions of goods, services and support by “certain US persons” are carried out under a US license which is due to expire at the end of September.

Serica said it expected those operations to be affected by US sanctions, “in particular, the new sanctions regime announced by the US government on 8 May.”

May 23 11:01

Britain in grip of cocaine ‘epidemic’ fuelled online

Security minister Ben Wallace said the UK was in the grip of a cocaine epidemic fuelled by smartphones and the internet.

The class A drug can be obtained in a way that was never possible before, with technology giving young people the opportunity to communicate and trade in a protected space.

Mr Wallace warned the drug is “no longer the preserve of the yuppie or the rich” and its widespread use was leading to an increase in violent crime.

The minister told the Commons: “In the old days, if you wanted to import huge amounts of cocaine somebody had to go to Colombia, somebody had to meet people.

“In the space of about eight years, you don’t have to do that."

May 23 10:52

British diplomats to use US Embassy in Jerusalem despite opposing relocation – report

The UK diplomats in Israel will do their business with Americans through the newly-inaugurated embassy in Jerusalem, a UK minister reportedly said. The UK snubbed the grand opening, voicing criticism over the move.

While being the US’ closest European ally, Britain joined the international community in boycotting the unveiling ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem last week, which spurred violent clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army at the Gaza border. At least 60 people were killed in the altercation, including a baby that reportedly choked to death from tear gas, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

May 23 10:51

'Toilet for dirty money': UK targets Russians because of hate for Putin - George Galloway

The UK has pledged to get rid of Russian “dirty money,” as well as to tighten sanctions against Russian businesses in the country. But why is that an issue for a country that is, as George Galloway puts it, “dirty money central”?

“The City of London is afloat on dirty money and for the money that’s too dirty even for the City of London, we have our own crown dependency tax heavens, which are the toilet for dirty money,” the politician-turned-broadcaster Galloway told RT.

Ill-gotten cash from Russia does not damage UK security more than fraudulent gains, brought to the City of London from any other state across the world, according to the former MP. “Dirty money is dirty money wherever it comes from, and thieves are thieves wherever they come from,” he said, noting the lack of concern by the British government about money coming from the Middle East.

May 22 17:03

A.I. Takes Over Hospital Jobs In London, Implantable Smart Devices In Soldiers, And Growing Organs

By Aaron Kesel

University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Alan Turing Institute aim to bring ‘game-changing’ benefits of artificial intelligence to NHS patients and replace some workers, The Guardian reported.

The tasks traditionally performed by doctors and nurses, from diagnosing cancer on CT scans to deciding which A&E patients are seen first, will now be able to be conducted by A.I...

May 22 11:57

Assange Team Lawyer: It's Important That Ecuador Maintains Independence From US

Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has blasted the country’s government for depriving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of access to the outside world. Meanwhile Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Maria Espinosa stated that she and the UK share the intention to solve the issue. Sputnik spoke with Greg Barns, a member of Julian Assange’s legal team.

May 21 13:30

US, France, UK, Establish More Bases In Syria To Push Breakup Of Country

By Brandon Turbeville

As virtually all pretense of leaving Syria has vanished from the rhetoric of the White House, American and French soldiers have now moved into Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria near Manbij in an effort to prevent Turkish military operations aimed at clearing the Kurds from the border area as well as any Syrian attempt to liberate northern Syria from Turkish terrorists.

The United States has established at least two new bases in the area near Manbij and French Special Forces have been deployed alongside the Americans...

May 21 11:19

BBC gets "technical difficulties" when reporter mentions MI6's involvement in torture.

May 21 10:45

Labour MP calls on colleagues to ‘reassess’ ties to Labour Friends of Israel

Writing for the Spectator this week, journalist and author Peter Oborne asked if the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) is having a chilling effect on British politics. Protesting that “the Tories never condemn the naked racism of Benjamin Netanyahu, Oborne observed that , “[T]he CFI pulled off what looks like yet another coup with the remarkably muted British government reaction to Israel’s killing… on the Gaza border.”

The sway that CFI has over the vast majority of Tory MPs, Oborne claimed, has obvious historical parallels with when similarly powerful institutions had such an effect on politics. Citing the former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, who remarked that, “There are three bodies no sensible man ever directly challenges: the Roman Catholic Church, the Brigade of Guards and the National Union of Mineworkers,” Oborne suggested that “today it’s tempting to add a fourth name to this list: the Conservative Friends of Israel.”

May 21 10:30

The House Of Windsor’s Obama Moment: Worse Than A Distraction – A Plague

It seems like damn near everyone has decided to give themselves a temporary lobotomy and revel in the opulence, spectacle and “diversity” of the joining of hands ceremony of the Prince of Wales and his newfound Princess. And here’s the final moment, today represents the crown jewel mounted in this coronet of blood – class doesn’t matter, hell, straight-up blood-lines are all that matter – so long as it’s ”inclusive” and ”intersectional”. Those people you thought were ‘leftists’ but placed all this nonsense over class? This is what they’ve delivered. So what’s wrong with this, you might be asking yourself right about now, and what gives me the right to be the proverbial turd in the punchbowl? Well I’m glad you asked.

May 21 09:34

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ THE ROYAL SNUB

Meghan Markle’s sick dad Thomas ‘snubbed by royals as he WON’T be granted a coat of arms’

May 21 08:05

Army veteran jailed over 'sinister' anti-Jewish speech

A far-right activist has been jailed for stirring up racial hatred after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) initially declined to prosecute him. Jeremy Bedford-Turner, 48, of Lincoln, called for his "soldiers" to liberate England from "Jewish control" in a speech at London's Cenotaph in 2015. The Army veteran was handed a year-long jail term at Southwark Crown Court ... Sentencing Bedford-Turner, of Rudgard Lane, Judge David Tomlinson described his 15-minute speech as "poisonous" and "sinister". In the speech, which was made at a rally against a Jewish neighbourhood watch group on 4 July, Bedford-Turner said "let's free England from Jewish control. Let's liberate this land" ... Bedford-Turner, who speaks Pashtu and Arabic, bowed and saluted about 35 supporters who gave him a standing ovation as he was led to the cells.
Note:It is impossible to overstate the control of Jewish, Zionist, Israeli influence in world and local control.

May 20 09:46

Are British ministers guilty of misleading parliament & public on Middle East policy?

The Iraq War was a watershed moment for UK ministers after the British public became far more skeptical of foreign policy decisions taken by their elected officials. But are they still up to their old deceptive tricks?

Middle East Eye journalist, Mark Curtis has written an article suggesting that Tory ministers have been misleading parliament in recent times on a range of British foreign policy issues, ranging from military operations in Syria, to Saudi Arabia operations in Yemen, and arms sales to Israel – yet no dismissals or resignations have followed.

Curtis writes: "Far from being an aberration, ministers misleading the public is as British as afternoon tea."

May 20 09:46

BREXIT: As May backs down, the EU’s broader crisis hots up

All Theresa May needs to do at the moment is hold her nerve and prove the EUnatics wrong. If she continues to water down British independence, she will go down as the Prime Minister who snatched EU defeat from the jaws of Brexit victory…as, to all intents and purposes, a traitor. This is strong but appropriate language.

May 19 12:40

Deer in the Headlights for the Royals During Bishop Michael Curry's Wedding Sermon -- Watch VIDEO

Bishop Michael Curry's thirteen minute sermon at the royal wedding

sermon seems to stick in their beaks, or snouts! -

May 19 11:45

UK troop numbers in Afghanistan could rise following Trump pressure

The number of British troops in Afghanistan could top 1,000 for the first time in years following calls from Donald Trump for US allies to do more to combat the Taliban.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson is understood to have written to the prime minister recommending that numbers be boosted, although a decision is yet to be made.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the UK’s contribution to the mission was kept “under constant review”.

May 19 11:44

Britain warned it must be prepared to launch cyber attacks on enemies or risk 'falling behind' in modern warfare

Britain must be prepared to launch cyber attacks on enemies or risk “falling behind” in modern warfare, the head of defence intelligence has warned.

Air Marshal Phil Osborn warned that online offensives could have “nationally crippling effects in minutes”, with the UK already being hit by hackers in Russia, North Korea and Iran.

“We can see numerous examples: unprecedented industrial espionage activity against the UK and allies, private security contractors being used in high-end capability warfare in Syria, cyber attacks against national infrastructure and reputation across Europe, information operations that attempt to pervert political process and frustrate the rule of law, and attempted assassinations,” he said in a lecture to the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI).

May 19 11:10

'Meghan Markle could be Queen... after tragedy' – US journalist makes SHOCKING claim

Speaking on the US Today programme, journalist Megyn Kelly outlined the macabre chain of events which would see Ms Markle become the Monarch.

She said: “The question is whether we could have an American Queen someday.

“The truth is, in order for her to become queen, a lot of hideous and tragic things have to happen.”

Co-host Al Roker interrupted, shouting: “Thanks for bringing that up. Oh, what a happy day it is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Megyn Kelly just set a new low for American corporate media.

May 19 11:09

'I hope it'll be REVERSED!' German banker claims NOT one person in Europe wants Brexit

A GERMAN banker claimed “not a single person” in Europe wants Brexit to happen as he called for the referendum result to be reversed.

Stefan Hoops, head of global markets at Deutsche Bank in Germany, said “it’s a waste of time” for Europeans to focus on Brexit.

Speaking on CNBC, Mr Hoops said: “My personal perspective is that I sincerely hope that Brexit will be reversed, which I think is an interesting statement to make.

“But I think it’s important for everybody to understand that there is not a single person on the continent that wants Brexit to happen.”

May 19 11:07

Brexit WARNING: EU could REJECT May’s ‘backstop’ customs union plan

THE EUROPEAN Union is poised to refuse Theresa May’s plan to keep Britain tied to the bloc’s customs union beyond 2021 with the Prime Minister expected to propose extending a last-resort solution for the Irish border to the whole of the UK.

May 18 21:49

A wheel inconvenience: The UK's potholed roads cause 30,000 punctures a month - but just 38% of NEW CARS have a spare wheel

Britain's drivers are suffering more punctures than ever before. But inexplicably only just over a third of new cars today are sold with a spare wheel as standard, a new investigation has found.

With the UK's roads continuing to fall into a state of disrepair and increasingly riddled with potholes, motorists suffer more than 30,000 punctures a month on average.

But when they do get a flat tyre and would like to open the boot to find a spare wheel, 62 per cent of new car owners don't have one.

May 18 17:53

ICYMI: Royal wedding! Bow down filthy commoners to the virtue signalling event of the year!

Britain’s Prince Harry is marrying American actress Meghan Markle. It’s highly likely that you know this already, and it’s even more likely you couldn’t care less.

May 18 16:30

Thank God Sergei Skripal recovered... if we poisoned him he'd have died on the spot! Putin taunts Britain after poisoned Russian spy is released from hospital

Britain has accused Russia of being behind the poisoning, saying it was caused by a type of nerve agent known as Novichok which was developed in the Soviet Union.

Putin wished Skripal 'good health' during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today. But he added: 'God grant him good health... If a military-grade poison had been used, the man would have died on the spot. Thank God he recovered and that he left (hospital).'

Putin then accused Britain of failing to respond to the Kremlin's offer of help with the investigation. 'We have several times offered our British partners any necessary assistance in the investigation (of the poisoning). So far we have received no response. Our offer remains open,' he said.

May 18 12:35

Ecuador to remove Julian Assange's extra security from London embassy

President Lenin Moreno makes order after revelations of multimillion dollar spy and security operation set up for WikiLeaks founder.

The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, has ordered the withdrawal of additional security assigned to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has remained for almost six years.

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The move was announced a day after an investigation by the Guardian and Focus Ecuador revealed the country had bankrolled a multimillion-dollar spy operation to protect and support Assange, employing an international security company and undercover agents to monitor his visitors, embassy staff and even the British police.

Over more than five years, Ecuador put at least $5m (£3.7m) into a secret intelligence budget that protected him while he had visits from Nigel Farage, members of European nationalist groups and individuals linked to the Kremlin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ecuador's President Moreno has just put a knife to the throad of Julian Assange, by removing this extra level of security.

The US and UK both want an example made of him, to demonstrate to the world as to what happens to truth tellers who are honest in their information, which in any way, negates their governmental narratives/propaganda.

So extradition to either country for a kangaroo court trial, where he is tried, convicted, and jailed, may not be enough to sate the hunger of these two Deep State countries for blood, and this time, potentially, literally.

I am hoping and praying that this doesn't happen, but if he is executed, look for the method chosen to be as slow, grizzly, and as horrific as either the executioner can conjure, or what they have been ordered to do.

He will most probably be made to die from his injuries, which may have been non life-threatening, with proper medical care. Perhaps it will be staged to look like a robbery. These images will be plastered all over the media, as an example of what happens when you when you cross the line by actually telling the truth.

I would, however, like to politely point out to the governments of both the US and UK that such an act will make him a martyr, in the eyes of many in the independent media, who admired his courage, and his honesty.

Additionally, such an execution will cause his reputation to grow exponentially, and become an even more meaningful inspiration to the Independent Media.

May 18 09:38

Fracking planning laws should be relaxed say ministers

The government has proposed a relaxation in the planning laws which apply to fracking.

Under the plans, preliminary drilling could be classed as permitted development - the same law that allows people to build a small conservatory.

May 18 08:38

Conservative MP Calls for Mogg to Replace Theresa May as UK PM After Brexit

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has faced opposition from hardline Brexiteers in her government and beyond throughout Brexit negotiations with Brussels, with some questioning her ability to lead Britain in its withdrawal from the European Union (EU).

Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski, who represents the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency in the House of Commons, said on Friday that fellow Conservative Party MP Jacob Rees-Mogg should replace Theresa May as the Prime Minister of the UK.

May 18 08:23

Supporters desert Labour Friends of Israel

Two parliamentary supporters of Labour Friends of Israel have distanced themselves from the group – an Israeli embassy front – as outrage has grown over its support for the massacre of dozens of protesters in Gaza on Monday.

Writing on Twitter, LFI had blamed the Israeli massacre on Palestinian political and resistance group Hamas.

At her request, member of Parliament Catherine West’s name was removed from the group’s list of supporters overnight on Wednesday.

May 17 17:55

More BRITISH TROOPS could be sent to Afghanistan to defeat ISIS in the Middle East

The Defence Secretary has written to the Prime Minister asking for 450 more troops in Afghanistan, to help the British Army continue their fight against ISIS.

Gavin Williams wants to almost double the number of boots on the ground in the region, and bring the total number of soldiers in the area to 1,100.

May 17 10:16

Donald Trump LAMBASTS ‘freeloading’ NHS and demands UK PAY MORE for drugs after Brexit

DONALD Trump is threatening to use post-Brexit trade talks to lower the price of prescription drugs for US patients by forcing the NHS to pay more, in a move which could cost the UK billions.

The Republican firebrand blamed the US’s high prescription drug costs on countries such as the UK with nationalised healthcare systems, which he believes are “freeloading” at the expense of America.

Commenting on the US prescription drug crisis, Mr Trump said last week: “In some cases, medicine that costs a few dollars in a foreign country costs hundreds of dollars in America for the same pill. That is unacceptable.

“The drug prices have gone through the roof.

May 17 10:15

'People voted for Brexit, NOT purgatory' – FURY as UK may STAY in customs union until 2021

BRITAIN will tell Brussels it is willing to stay in the EU customs union beyond 2021 as the government ended up with another stand-off over the contentious issue in the Brexit debate.

The Brexit "war cabinet" broke up without an agreement early this week as ministers continued to openly challenge the post-EU withdrawal trade agreement but settled on a new “backstop” to avoid a hard Irish border.

Despite the disapproval of lead Brexiteers Boris Johnson and Micheal Gove, the ministers signed off the plans on Tuesday.

The news immediately concerned Eurosceptics with Jacob Rees-Mogg saying: "The risk of the Government using all its mental energy on the fallback position is that they create a position that is more attractive than a permanent deal.

May 17 09:43

Peers defeat government by backing resurrection of inquiry into press behaviour

The government has been defeated in the House of Lords as peers backed a new Leveson inquiry into the behaviour of the press by 252 votes to 213.

The outcome puts the unelected chamber on course for a constitutional clash with the Commons, which had previously rejected a demand for a further investigation into the relationship between the media and police.

The amendment would force the government to establish a new inquiry into allegations of data protection breaches by national news publishers.

May 17 09:41

ANDREW PIERCE: Blair is the real puppet master behind Miliband's excruciating Brexit bashing return

When David Miliband returned to the domestic political scene yesterday, it was in the faintly comical surroundings of a rice factory, on a platform surrounded by shiny blue sacks of Tilda’s finest. It looked a bit like a glam-rock stage from a Slade concert 40 years ago.

Miliband and his pals, Nick Clegg and Nicky Morgan, were certainly playing some old tunes about Europe, claiming Britain is being ‘held to ransom’ by Brexiteers, and promising to campaign for MPs to water down the EU Withdrawal Bill when it returns to the Commons.

But if the sight of them looking like a superannuated pop trio with a microphone each was bizarre, there was one conspicuous absentee who stopped them being a not-so-fab four: Miliband’s political mentor, Tony Blair.

May 17 09:40

BBC’s ‘mindless’ late night Royal Wedding push notification pushes some over the edge

The BBC has annoyed the hell out of the Royal wedding weary public with a late-night push notification to alert the world that the bride’s father might/might not attend. For many, it was one too far.

Exasperated by the corporation’s perennial effort to keep them updated on all things Megs-and-Harry, Britons have taken to Reddit to air their grievances.

“It is not acceptable to ping the entire nation (who have it installed) at 9:30pm to tell them that someones (sic) father might not attend a wedding,” Reddit user Purpose2 complained. “This is an abuse of the trust that we place in you.”

May 17 09:24

Collapse of Virgin Trains East Coast deal leaves taxpayers £2BILLION out of pocket

THE FAILED Virgin franchise on the East Coast Mainline has left the country £2billion out of pocket after its deal to run services was cut short, it emerged today.

The Government today confirmed it was taking the routes back into public control, just three years into an eight-year deal which would have been worth £3.3billion had it been seen through to a conclusion.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling confirmed the decision in an announcement in the House of Commons today - immediately drawing condemnation from Labour and trade union leaders who dubbed it a "bailout”.

Virgin Trains East Coast, spearheaded by managing director David Horne, won the contract to run the East Coast line after it was privatised in 2015.

May 17 09:06

Police chiefs consider arming officers patrolling rural areas with handguns for the first time to tackle terrorists

Police chiefs are considering arming bobbies patrolling rural areas with handguns for the first time.

Britain's armed policing lead, Simon Chesterman, suggested yesterday that ordinary uniformed officers could be given guns to solve a shortfall in specialist firearms officers in some remote rural and coastal areas.

The controversial proposal would overturn Britain's long-standing tradition of routine unarmed policing.

May 17 08:58

May vows Britain will have an 'independent trade policy' after 2020 as she denies caving into EU by agreeing the UK could stay tied to customs union for longer

Theresa May insisted Britain will have an 'independent trade policy' after 2020 today as she denied caving into the EU over Brexit.

The Prime Minister faced a backlash from Eurosceptics after it emerged her 'war Cabinet' has signed off on an extension as part of a 'backstop' that would avoid a hard Irish border if no other solutions are found.

She confirmed this evening that the UK would soon be putting forward its plans for a fallback option - but claimed the proposal would not prevent the UK striking trade deals with other countries.

May 16 13:59

Police officers REMOVE sleeping bags and belongings of homeless people living on streets outside Windsor Castle - but promise to return them after the royal wedding

Police have been seen clearing away sleeping bags and other possessions belonging to homeless people ahead of the Royal wedding in a video obtained by MailOnline.

The entire areas around Windsor castle is being placed on lock-down as anti-terror bollards are erected and a heavy police presence moves in, ready for Saturday's nuptials between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Ahead of a dress rehearsal on Thursday the Berkshire town is being swept for safety risks.

However, while measures were taken to improve security, officers also moved rough sleepers.

The video clip shows officers asking two homeless men, who had pitched up outside a Barclay's Bank opposite Windsor Castle, to pack up their items in see-through bags which are later sealed and taken away in a police van.

May 16 11:57

US Envoy to UK: London Should Spend More on F-35s, Less on Healthcare, Education

Ambassador Woody Johnson's aggressive pitch to Washington's ally across the pond seemed aimed at pressuring the island nation to buy more of America's new fifth-gen fighter jets.

Speaking to reporters at the US embassy in London, the envoy urged the UK to do better on defense, even at the expense of other government spending.

"Healthcare is always going to be an issue; education is always going to be an issue; transportation and infrastructure are always going to be issues, etc. But how important is it to defend yourself?" Johnson asked.

May 15 12:42

London will beg Moscow for forgiveness

A recent article published on oilprice.com under the headline "Why Russian gas is critical for the UK" tries to explain that the energy system of the UK will be deprived of the funding from the EU. Great Britain can satisfy its needs in natural gas only on the level of 40 percent. The United Kingdom imports 75 percent of natural gas from Norway's North Sea fields with about ten more percent accounting for Qatari LNG. It is worthy of note that Scotland, which is unwilling to exit the EU, is determined to dispute the North Sea deposit. As long as gas production in the North Sea has been declining along with the volumes of UK's domestic storage, Russia could become a viable alternative for the Kingdom. "When Britain needed gas on short notice late February, two 164 000 m3 LNG cargoes were delivered from the Russian Yamal LNG. Everyone was glad about it, except for the political elite," the article says. An LNG plant is set to be launched in the Baltic region in 2020.

May 15 12:31

UK GOVERNMENT WILL DEPUTISE NEWSAGENTS TO COLLECT AND RETAIN IDENTITY DOCUMENTS FROM THE NATION'S PORNOGRAPHY VIEWERS

The UK public has spent years being fed a diet of ridiculous, empty promises about the government's capacity to find and block every adult site on the internet, then securely identify who is an adult, and only allow adults to look at adult content.

The fact that this is technologically infeasible and incredibly dangerous did nothing to dampen the ardour of opportunistic, cynical, technologically illiterate Conservative Members of Parliament, who have decreed that wanting it badly is sufficient to make it happen, and who responded to incontrovertible evidence of the plan's unworkability by doubling down on it, proposing to issue Britons unique, porn-browsing ID numbers (even as evidence of the plan's unworkability continues to mount).

May 15 10:47

EXCLUSIVE: UK sells $445m of arms to Israel, including sniper rifles

Value of sales increase tenfold after 2014 Gaza war amid warnings UK weapons, including gear for snipers, could be used to kill Palestinians

May 15 10:40

'DUP ready to TOPPLE May over Brexit betrayal!' Fury at EU deal that would 'DESTROY trade'

The DUP would "happily bring down" Theresa May as Prime Minister if she continues to backtrack on Brexit, according to Brexit Central deputy editor David Scullion.

The Brexiteer told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the Prime Minister needs to be careful about "backsliding" on Brexit, amid growing frustration on the DUP and Tory benches.

Speaking on talkRadio, he warned Mrs May against pushing for the "trade-destroying" customs partnership, which "no-one really wants".

This comes ahead of a crucial Brexit sub-committee meeting led by the Prime Minister today, tasked to resolve the customs union dispute.

May 15 10:24

Russia is threatening WORLD PEACE with unacceptable 'AGGRESSIVE' acts - MI5 SHOCK warning

RUSSIA's leader Vladimir Putin was the target of a scathing attack from MI5 chief Andrew Parker denouncing the country's "flagrant breach" of law to undermine international stability.

MI5 chief Andrew Parker lambasted the Russian Government's attempts to undermine the international political order with its repeated "aggressive and pernicious activities."

In a speech addressing the leaders of 30 European intelligence services – the Counter Terrorism Group – Mr Parker praised Russia for wanting to establish the country on the "world's stage" but voiced his criticism towards Vladimir Putin and his Government.

The MI5 boss said: "We want a cordial relationship with the Russian Government and for it to live up to its international obligations, taking its place on the world’s stage in the rules-based order.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They are supposed to do what we TELL them to do, dammit!" -- Number 9 3/4

May 15 10:05

Royal snub! Majority of Britons NOT INTERESTED in royal wedding, according to SHOCK poll

A MAJORITY of Britons are not interested in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials at St George’s Chapel on May 19, according to a poll commissioned by anti-monarchist pressure group Republic.

May 15 09:58

Gaza violence: Boris Johnson flees Parliament to avoid urgent question (VIDEO)

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson fled the House of Commons, avoiding an urgent question from Labour's Emily Thornberry that requested a response to the killing of 60 Palestinian protesters and the injuring of 2,500.

The one-line question, put forward by the Shadow Foreign Secretary, asked “the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to make a statement on the violence at the Gaza border and its impact on the Middle East peace process.” However she was unable to finish her question before Johnson had scuttled out of the Commons.

May 15 09:46

Spy plays politics: MI5 chief uses terrorism and Russia threat to beg for Brexit clemency

Andrew Parker's visit to Berlin on Monday is being held up as historic, the first public speech outside Britain by a serving head of MI5. However, rather than a spy, Germany got a politician with a Brexit begging letter.

The basic message was that Russia and Muslim terrorists are coming to get you, and you need Britain to help, so please don't hold Brexit against us. The structure of the speech from Parker to other intelligence agencies was classic political theory. Introduce an enemy (Russians and Islamic terrorists), create fear (the Reds are in your Twitter feed), offer a solution (just be our friend after Brexit).

May 15 09:28

FLASHBACK - Blair Lies About Iraq's WMDs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The road to war is paved with lies.

May 15 08:59

Brexit REVEALED: What the EU really thinks of Theresa May's customs union battle

THERESA MAY has faced a raft of criticism inside Westminster and across the Channel in Brussels as she tries to secure a customs agreement that will push Brexit beyond the stall created by the Irish border conundrum.

The Prime Minister has had her negotiation team pushing two options – “maximum facilitation” and a “new customs partnership” – but has failed to win much support in Brussels or Westminster for her ideas, including creating a huge divide in her so-called Brexit war Cabinet.

Maximum facilitation – otherwise known as “MaxFac” to negotiators and the desired option for Brexiteers – uses a series of technology to ensure post-Brexit customs checks are at a minimum and virtually frictionless. While this option is not off the table, The EU has signified it will not be sufficient to in the quest to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland and other experts have suggested the technology needed will not be ready for many years after Britain finally leaves the bloc.

May 15 08:42

Is Putin’s Strategy Finally Beginning to Work?

Washington’s three main European vassal states, Britain, France, and Germany have objected to Trump’s unilateral action. Trump is of the opinion that the multi-nation agreement depends only on Washington. If Washington renounces the agreement, that is the end of the agreement. It doesn’t matter what the other parties to the agreement want. Consequently, Trump intends to reimpose the previous sanctions against doing business with Iran and to impose additional new sanctions. If Britain, France, and Germany continue with the business contracts that have been made with Iran, Washington will sanction its vassal states as well and prohibit activities of British, French, and German countries in the US. Clearly, Washington thinks that Europe’s profits in the US exceed what can be made in Iran and will fall in line with Washington’s decision, as the vassal states have done in the past.

And they might. But this time there is a backlash.

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