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Nov 15 19:41

UK signs multi-billion pound contract to double its F-35 fleet by 2022

The UK has signed a multi-billion pound contract which will double its F-35 fleet, the country's defense secretary has announced. The deal will see Britain own 35 stealth jets by the end of 2022.

Nov 15 11:03

Rees-Mogg twists the knife: Brexiteer names FOUR contenders (not including himself) who could do a better job of Brexit after launching humiliating attack on PM in the Commons and making a bid to oust her as leader

Jacob Rees-Mogg sensationally launched his bid to remove Theresa May today threatening her position in the Commons before holding a press conference naming possible successors.

The hardline Brexiteer insisted his putsch was not about personal ambition and named Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, David Davis and Penny Mordaunt as 'very capable of leading a proper Brexit'.

But he said Mrs May was delivering on Brexit as he joined the ranks of Tory MPs formally calling for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

If 48 Tory MPs write to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of their backbench 1922 Committee, a vote will be held.

Mr Rees-Mogg's dramatic move today makes it almost certain the threshold has been met.

Nov 15 10:42

Four-year-old boy is among 23 'illegal' immigrants caught trying to enter UK on three separate boats in space of 12 HOURS by crossing English Channel

In three separate incidents yesterday, 23 migrants including a four-year-old children risked their lives travelling across some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world in small, open boats to reach Britain.

It brings the number of migrants picked up by emergency services on the Kent coast to 47 in just 48 hours.

Nov 15 10:21

Pound nosedives on a day of political turmoil as shock Brexit resignations spark biggest fall of the year and send shares in banks, retailers and housebuilders tumbling

Pound fell by almost 2 per cent against the euro and the dollar, the biggest fall since June 2017.

On the FTSE 100 Index, housebuilding companies Taylor Wimpey and Charles Church owner Persimmon were the biggest casualties of the Brexit chaos, both suffering 8% falls.

Shares in state-owned lender RBS fell 9.1% in their worst one-day loss since the 2016 vote, with Lloyds Banking Group also falling 5% and Barclays 4%.

Retailers were also deep in the red. Shares in high street bellwethers Marks & Spencer and Next both fell 5%.

Nov 15 10:19

Will May call a vote of no confidence HERSELF? PM to hold press conference as Rees-Mogg and Tory Brexiteers mount all-out bid to topple her after TWO Cabinet ministers quit amid fury over EU deal

The Prime Minister is braced for a Tory no-confidence vote to be triggered after she vowed to push on with her controversial Brexit plan despite Dominic Raab and Esther McVey quitting accusing her of bowing to EU 'blackmail'.

Other junior ministers have also resigned as the situation threatens to spiral out of control, with the Pound plunging as markets take fright at the chances of a Brexit deal receding. In a dramatic twist, there are claims Michael Gove has turned down the chance to take over as Brexit Secretary, saying he would want to renegotiate the whole package with the EU.

Mrs May has called a press conference for 5pm as she bids to get a grip on the civil war raging in her party - amid speculation she could herself call a ballot of Conservative MPs and demand critics 'put up or shut up'.

Nov 15 09:43

4* resignations and counting: May loses top cabinet members over Brexit deal

Nov 15 09:43

7 resignations and counting: May’s government ‘falling apart before our eyes’ over Brexit deal

Seven high profile resignations have followed on the heels of Theresa May’s announcement that her cabinet has settled on a Brexit deal, with Labour claiming that the Conservative government is at risk of completely dissolving.

Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office was the first top official to resign after the prime minister announced that her cabinet had reached a draft EU withdrawal agreement.

An hour after his announcement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab – the man charged with negotiating and finalizing the deal – said he was stepping down, stating that the Brexit deal in its current form suffers from deep flaws. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, submitted her letter of resignation shortly afterwards. More resignations have followed.

Nov 15 09:40

Skripal and Khashoggi: West Manufactures Absurd Fantasy to Pin on Russia, Lets Saudi Get Away With Chopping up WaPo Journalist Alive

Two disappearances, and two very different responses from Western governments, which illustrates their rank hypocrisy.

When former Russian spy Sergei Skripal went missing in England earlier this year, there was almost immediate punitive action by the British government and its NATO allies against Moscow. By contrast, Western governments are straining with restraint towards Saudi Arabia over the more shocking and provable case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Nov 14 16:01

‘Dishonesty… shameful… betrayal’: Brexit backers angry at May’s ‘deal’ with EU

The agreement reached by the government of Prime Minister Theresa May to take the UK out of the EU has angered many supporters of Brexit, who are calling it a shameful surrender and betrayal of the 2016 referendum.

After 10 Downing Street announced that most of May’s cabinet backed the deal she hammered out with Brussels and published the nearly 600-page document, advocates of a negotiated split from the EU were furious.

Nigel Farage, former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader called it“the worst deal in history” and urged any genuine Brexiteers in the cabinet to “resign or never be trusted again.”Other reactions posted on social media were no kinder.

“May must be an imbecile if she thinks people will accept this is leaving. Nothing has changed. We've just lost 40 billion pounds,” wrote Twitter user John DeVries.

Nov 14 09:25

Boris: Brexit Deal "Utterly Unacceptable"

Nov 14 09:25

May’s battle for Brexit: PM’s fate hangs in the balance as Cabinet holds showdown on draft deal – while Tories and DUP rage that she is ‘betraying’ voters by 'swallowing' EU demands

Theresa May's fate is hanging in the balance today as she tries to force her Brexit deal through a restive Cabinet.

The PM is facing the threat of resignations senior ministers over the draft plan thrashed out with Brussels - with a mass exodus almost certain to evict her from Downing Street.

Aid Secretary Penny Mordaunt, one of those closest to the edge, was among the first arrivals for the meeting this afternoon.

And Scottish Secretary David Mundell has emerged as a potential risk after he signed a letter warning the PM against giving away fishing rights as part of the agreement.

Nov 14 09:24

Brexit deal ‘agreed’ with EU: UK ministers set to arrive at No 10. for May meeting

Prime Minister Theresa May is to chair a special cabinet meeting, Wednesday, after a draft deal was reportedly agreed between UK and EU negotiators following intensive talks in Brussels.

According to an unnamed cabinet source, cited in the BBC, the text has been agreed upon at a technical level.

Nov 14 08:36

Lawless Britain: Thugs wield machete in broad daylight in Birmingham

Images of a horrifying knife crime in Britain have surfaced online showing thugs wielding machete attacking a young man in the second largest city of Birmingham.

Tabloid newspapers published the video on their websites on Tuesday, showing violent scenes of an attack in broad daylight in Birmingham where a group of attackers chased, kicked and slashed a young victim with machetes in front of passer-bys.

The newspapers ran headlines like “lawless Britain” or “bloodbath Britain” to highlight the attack which comes amid a surge in violent knife crimes and other methods of brutal attack in Britain’s large cities.

Nov 14 07:48

Heartbreak of Britain's homeless teens: Young girls reveal how they walk the streets all night because they are too scared to sleep rough

Stacey Dooley has uncovered the heartbreaking reality of the lives of homeless teenager, including girls who walk the streets at night because they're too scared to sleep rough and an 18-year-old whose 'home' is a tent under a filthy railway bridge.
The presenter took to the streets for a BBC Children in Need special, which airs tonight, to meet with young people who are trying to survive as best they can with no home or family support.

Nov 13 17:14

Call for UK ban on 'grotesquely sugary' freakshakes

Freakshakes are milkshakes that also contain chocolates, sweets, cake, cream and sauce.

The Toby Carvery Unicorn Freakshake came top of the survey with 39 teaspoons of sugar or 1,280 calories.

That is more than half the daily recommended amount of calories for an adult and over six times the amount of sugar recommended for seven to 10-year-olds.

In terms of sugar, it is the equivalent of drinking more than five cans of cola.

Nov 12 18:50

Xiaomi criticised for UK smartphone £1 flash sale

"Flash sales" publicising a Chinese smartphone company's UK launch have sparked a backlash on social media.

Xiaomi advertised two of its new handsets for £1 each last week as part of a "crazy deals" promotion.

But it has emerged that each flash sale involved only two or three phones and Xiaomi had set its website to say: "Sold out," as soon as the sale opened.

The UK's ads watchdog said it had received a complaint and was now deciding whether to investigate.

Nov 12 12:16

The Poison Paradox – Who Knew?

NOVICHOK! It just won’t go away – even though it was never there! The Sun reports that twenty vehicles that “came into contact with the killer substance” have now been dismantled and buried in a toxic waste site. Suspend not disbelief yet – at the thought of scrappies in Hazmat suits cutting up police cars. Such Alice in Wonderland deception was nicely detailed by Rob Slane in his latest dissection of the Skripal hoax, pointing specifically at the crucial flaws in the “door-handle theory”.

Slane systematically destroys the UK government’s assertion that the Skripals’ door-handle was the “source of the poisoning”, but without quite following through with the argument – that there was no such poisoning with Novichok at all, – as has been well established from other details of the event.

Nov 12 09:11

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

The Royal Navy is running Windows ME – and XP, and even an early version of Apple Macintosh. But all is not as alarmingly obsolete as it may appear.

Your correspondent, during a few days embedded aboard seabed survey ship HMS Enterprise, asked the crew what systems were in operation aboard the ship’s networks. The answer was a real mixture.

“We’re 5-10 years behind the rest of the world,” said one, only half-joking. Enterprise was built in 2003 and most of the IT infrastructure aboard her dates back to then, with new OSes and mission software installed and patched as required.

Nov 12 08:51

Albanian drug lords who 'run London' flaunt pictures of guns and wads of cash on Instagram

BRAZEN Albanian gangsters based in London are posting pictures of weapons, wads of cash and expensive cars as they flaunt the proceeds of their cocaine dealing.

In the latest example of the crime epidemic gripping lawless Britain, even jailed members of the notorious Hellbanianz gang are bragging of a luxury lifestyle behind bars.

The Hellbanianz - largely based in Barking, Essex - are one of several gangs with links to the mafia in their homeland who deal directly with South American drug cartels.

Nov 12 08:28

‘Different relationship’: May to offer Moscow an olive branch… with conditions

May is expected to use her Lord Mayor’s banquet address, Monday, to say Britain will be “open” to friendlier Russia relations only if they cease to “undermine international treaties and international security.”

“We remain open to a different relationship - one where Russia desists from these attacks that undermine international treaties and international security - and instead acts together with us to fulfil the common responsibilities we share as permanent members of the UN Security Council.

“And we hope that the Russian state chooses to take this path. If it does, we will respond in kind.”

Nov 11 09:18

Britain's Armed Forces Making Plans for 'No Deal' Brexit - Defence Official

Addressing the issue, chief of Britain's defence staff General Sir Nicholas Carter noted earlier that the British Armed Forces were making "sensible" contingency plans for Brexit and other matters.

"There are contingency plans being made, there are discussions being held behind the scenes as to what support our armed forces will do," British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said on the 'Ridge on Sunday' TV show. "With the transition from Brexit, if there is a requirement to provide assistance we're looking right across the full spectrum of requirements to make sure that we are prepared," he added.

Nov 11 09:17

Newly Revealed Docs Shed Light on UK's Intervention in Russia During WWI

British military intervention in Russia in 1918-1919 was unlawful and indefensible, British government papers held by the National Archives reveal. It has turned Russian public attitudes towards Britain from friendly to hostile.

In March 1918 the Bolshevik government signed a peace treaty with Germany, as they had promised to the nation exhausted by four years of the devastating and senseless WWI. The Russian Revolution was triggered by the overwhelming public desire for peace. The war-weary Russian army simply could not carry on fighting. Britain and France immediately accused Russia of betraying the Allied cause and sent in their troops. In a show of "solidarity" reminiscent of today, a dozen Anglo-French allies took part in the armed intervention in Russia. The official excuse was to keep the Eastern front against Germany and protect the Russian war materiel from falling into German hands.

Nov 11 09:12

Profiteers of Misery: Parents slam health fat cats in UK and US who are raking in as much as £730,000 annually for every autistic child they ‘lock up’ in secretive secure psychiatric units

A cluster of ‘fat cat’ private operators is creaming off hundreds of millions of pounds from the NHS after muscling in on the cruel but lucrative trade in locking up people with autism and learning disabilities.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that seven providers are charging taxpayers up to £730,000 a year for each patient held in controversial and secretive secure psychiatric units.

There are 2,375 people with autism and learning disabilities held in assessment and treatment units (ATUs) at a cost of about half a billion pounds a year, with scores more held in other secure units. One man alone is thought to have cost taxpayers more than £10 million after being held against his family’s wishes for more than 17 years.

Nov 10 10:36

Muslims Shouting About Killing Jews Interrupt London Event

As about 20 Muslims interrupted a vigil, some brought up an event from early Islamic history, when Muhammed’s followers killed, injured, and displaced crowds of Jews from the town of Khaybar.

A vigil organized by pro-Israel activists in London’s Hyde Park, famous for being a free speech area, appeared to be severely interrupted and then dispersed altogether by men shouting anti-Jewish chants in Arabic, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

A few dozen people waving Israeli flags with candles in their hands gathered there ahead of the so-called Kristallnacht remembrance day, commemorating victims of the Nazi pogrom of 1938, as well as Jews killed and wounded across the Arab world.

Joseph Cohen, an Israel advocacy Movement campaigner, was filming the event when 20 men chimed in shouting:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am very grateful to be living in a "rainbow state", where people do not judge others by their faith, but what they do with their lives.

And to the guys who thought disrupting this event was a "great idea", actually, no, it sure as heck was not.

Blaming, accusing, and disrupting an event is easy; working with each other, in a dignified and respectful way that leads to moral, responsible conflict resolution, is the hardest thing in the world to do.

And yet, that is what we must commit ourselves to doing at this part of the 21st century, if we want there to be a future for humankind.

Nov 09 13:21

Millions in Yemen Are Starving and UK, US and France Are ‘Behind This’: Oxfam Representative

he US, UK, and French governments are behind millions of people starving in Yemen because they are “supporting this war,” an Oxfam representative told RT, urging London to stop beefing up Saudi Arabia’s military.

“We have 14 million people starving,” Richard Stanforth, Oxfam UK’s regional policy officer for the Middle East, said.

British, French, American governments are all behind this, they are all supporting this war.

Stanforth blamed the British government in particular, saying that London should stop its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of targeting food supplies and even no-strike locations in Yemen.

“We’ve seen attacks on water infrastructure, on hospitals, warehouses of food. This pattern is continuing. Certainly, it’s the airstrikes that are killing most civilians,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even with all the positive publicity about Oxfam, I sincerely hope and pray that Richard Stanforth is wearing his Kevlar undies; the people signing those arms deals, including the US's Merchant of Death in Chief, aka Donald Trump, doesn't like the world really seeing what happens to the arms they are selling Saudi Arabia.

Nov 09 13:16

UK Government Goes Full Orwellian. DNA, Fingerprint, Face, Voice: Biometric Data for Every Single Citizen in the UK

We’ve been warning about this moment since the first day TruePublica went online. We said that the government would eventually take the biometric data of every single citizen living in Britain and use it for nefarious reasons. DNA, fingerprint, face, and even voice data will be included. But that’s not all.

The excuse to be used, as ever, will be national security or terrorism, despite the huge fall in fatalities from terrorism and terror-related incidents since the 1970s.

Apart from crime-fighting, the Home Office also proposes in its long-awaited report that it will use the centralized database for vetting migrants on the streets and borders of Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the government of the UK is not considering "1984" as a cautionary tale, but as a how-to manual.

Nov 09 12:56

Iceland’s Christmas ad banned for being ‘too political’

Discount supermarket chain Iceland is facing off with UK ads regulator Clearcast over a Christmas ad campaign which has been banned from TV for being too political.

The animated short, originally destined to be an ad for environmental advocacy group Greenpeace, features a young girl and an orangutan that has been displaced from its rainforest home by loggers, ostensibly working on behalf of the palm oil industry.

However the now-banned advert, which was voiced by actor Emma Thompson, was deemed to be in breach of political impartiality rules set out in the 2003 Communications Act which prohibits advertisements that are “directed towards a political end.”

Nov 09 11:18

High Street in turmoil: 14 shops disappear every day as 'in-home leisure' is blamed for retail crisis

British High Streets are losing shops at the rate fourteen a day and a lack of customers has put the brakes on businesses opening new stores, a report revealed today.

The number of new stores opening in the first half of the year was down by a massive third on the same period last year, said the report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, which picked out the increasingly popularity of 'in-home leisure' as a major factor behind the retail crisis.

The growth of internet shopping and higher business rates have combined with the trend of more at-home entertainment to create a perfect storm for the UK's retailers.

Nov 09 08:58

UK Seeks to Impose EU Sanctions Against Russian Senior Intel Officials

London is seeking to introduce new EU sanctions against Russian high-ranked intelligence officials allegedly involved in the poisoning of Russian ex-GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a nerve agent in the UK city of Salisbury in March, The Times reported.

The draft list of individuals who might be targeted by the restrictions includes members of the GRU leadership, the newspaper reported.

London was seeking to introduce sanctions against these individuals under the new Brussels’ mechanism for punishing perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks, the outlet added.

Nov 09 08:44

Scottish Court Rules UK Can't Stop Brexit Case Going to ECJ - Lawyer

Earlier, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that Scotland should come up with its own version of the Brexit "backstop" scheme which is currently being negotiated on for the Irish border by the European Union and the United Kingdom.

The Court of Session, Scotland's highest civil court, ruled on Thursday that the UK authorities can't stop a legal case that seeks to determine if the UK has the right to unilaterally reverse Brexit, which is being considered by Europe's top court, Reuters reported citing a lawyer close to the case.

Nov 08 12:33

Theresa May imposes new layer of secrecy on Brexit legal advice

The convention that legal advice to the cabinet is never published is enforced by the ministerial code. That ban has not halted successive demands for greater political openness.

Theresa May’s decision to prevent cabinet ministers from seeing the full text of the Brexit guidance provided by the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox QC, appears, however, to introduce an additional restriction on the circulation of information at the highest levels of government.

Section 2.12 of the ministerial code explicitly declares that if law officers, such as the attorney general, provide legal advice then cabinet ministers should expect to see the entire text. According to reports the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has asked to see the full advice.

Nov 08 11:53

Palestine solidarity at the crossroads: New strategy and hard-nosed determination are needed. But where is the unity and leadership?

Stuart Littlewood calls for robust measures to counter bogus accusations of anti-Semitism that stifle free speech and for a centralised legal unit to be created to reprimand Zio-extremists who make false accusations of anti-Semitism against the likes of Baroness Tonge. >>

Nov 08 11:09

'We're leaving Britain because London is too dangerous': Family of 21-year-old Romanian who was stabbed to death three weeks after moving to UK return home to escape capital's epidemic of violence

The family of a Romanian man stabbed to death just three weeks after moving to Britain has returned home because they believe it is less violent than in London where 'if you say the wrong thing to the wrong person you could end up dead'.

Beniamin Pieknyi, 21, was walking through the Stratford Centre in East London when he was chased and stabbed during an unprovoked attack in March by five thugs who were 'hell-bent on causing trouble', according to police.

The victim's sister, Iulia, who lived with Mr Pieknyi in Milton Keynes shortly after he came to the UK earlier this year, said the tragedy had altered her view of life in the capital.

'I've come to realise that terrible things can happen in the blink of an eye, and if you say the wrong thing to the wrong person you could end up dead,' she told the BBC.

Nov 08 10:58

‘Millions still in poverty’: UN send poverty rapporteur to UK over austerity

A special UN advisor on extreme poverty and human rights is touring the UK to assess the impact of austerity on people living in some of the most deprived areas of the country.
UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston’s primary goal is to identify examples of social inequalities and systematic neglect, which according to the United Nations, is then used to develop “constructive dialogue with governments, international organizations, civil society and other relevant actors.”

READ MORE: 'This is shameful': Tory austerity pushes 1.5 million below breadline, 3.7 million to food banks

Since 1998, the UN special rapporteur has travelled to examine extreme poverty in places like Ghana, Yemen, Benin, Sudan, the US, Portugal and Saudi Arabia. The UK will now join these ranks thanks to concerns over its austerity measures.

Nov 08 09:26

UK GOVERNMENT BANS THE "FAKE NEWS" LABEL TO FACILITATE FURTHER CENSORSHIP

The motivation behind this move is that the government thinks that the word is too broad and is urging people to employ more specific phrases such as “disinformation” and “misinformation” instead.

The most troubling aspect about all of this, however, is that the British government could abuse this new stance to censor free speech on social media. The Telegraph reported that the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sports (DCMS) Committee, whose inquiry prompted this policy, wrote in its interim report earlier this summer that “With such a shared definition, and clear guidelines for companies, organisations, and the Government to follow, there will be a shared consistency of meaning across the platforms, which can be used as the basis of regulation and enforcement.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would very politely like to remind those in the UK who came up with this codswallop, (and yes, that same country which gave the world the Magna Carta) that the novel "1984" is a cautionary tale; not a how-to manual.

Nov 08 08:47

For those who were never laid to rest: 72,396 tiny shrouded figures go on display at Olympic Park to honour every British soldier who died at the Battle of the Somme but has no known grave (23 Pics)

Thousands of shrouded figures representing soldiers killed in the Battle of the Somme have been laid out for an art installation in London.
Artist Rob Heard hand stitched and bound the calico covering 72,396 figures now lying on an area about the size of a football pitch at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Each 12in figure represents a named Commonwealth soldier who died on the Somme battlefields between 1916 and 1918 but has no known grave.

Nov 07 18:18

Brexit BOMBSHELL: Tony Blair promises to STOP Brexit – 'I will do everything to END it'

Former British Prime Minister Mr Blair claimed that he would do "everything to stop" Brexit, during a speech at the 2018 Web Summit in Lisbon.

During his speech, Mr Blair insisted that Brexit was "not a good idea".

He said: "I'm 100 percent against Brexit. By the end, I will do everything to stop it.

"It's not in our economic or political interest and it's bad for Europe."

Nov 07 12:51

‘Grim Irony’: Saudi Strikes Use British Intel to Destroy UK Aid Facilities in Yemen

British-backed Saudi bombing destroyed Oxfam facilities in Yemen, said the United Kingdom charity. The information about the destruction of facilities of the humanitarian organization emerged during last week’s parliamentary debates in the House of Commons where U.K. ministries were evaluating the impact of the country’s arms sale to Riyadh.

A vital cholera treatment center in Abs, in the Hajjah province, was hit in June in airstrikes which are supported by British intelligence, according to British news outlet Independent.

The location of the treatment facility was notified 12 times. In April, coalition air raids damaged an Oxfam supported water supply system that provided water for 6,000 people.

“On the one hand, British aid is a vital lifeline, on the other, British bombs are helping to fuel an ongoing war that is leading to countless lives being lost each week to fighting, disease, and hunger,” said Oxfam’s head of advocacy, Toni Pearce.

Nov 07 12:27

Bank of England Refusing Venezuelan Request to Return $550 Mln in Gold – Report

Earlier, Caracas indicated that it was looking to repatriate some 14 tons of gold bars back from the UK out of concern that the bullion may be affected by harsh US sanctions against the Latin American country.

The Bank of England is refusing to release Venezuela's gold bars, worth about $550 million or £420 million, back to Caracas, with British officials understood to have referred to "standard" anti-money laundering measures, The Times reports, citing unnamed sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!!!!!! The Bank of England simply does not have that gold to send back.

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 09:29

The first UK university to divest from Israeli apartheid is Leeds

Leeds has become the first UK university to divest from firms involved in the Israeli arms trade, after a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign by Palestine solidarity activists.

A spokesperson revealed to the Leeds student newspaper The Gryphon on Friday that the university has “divested of our holdings in Airbus, United Technologies and Keyence Corporation.”

The holdings had been worth more than $1.2 million.

All three corporations trade military equipment with Israel.

Nov 06 09:22

Venezuela Seeks To Repatriate $550 Million Of Gold From London

Venezuela is seeking to repatriate about $550 million in gold bars from the Bank of England because of fears it could be caught up in international sanctions on the country, two sources with direct knowledge of the effort told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good luck getting it!

Nov 06 09:05

BORIS JOHNSON £40billion Brexit divorce bill means we’ll effectively become a non-voting EU colony

Our country is preparing to hand over a huge amount of money for absolutely nothing in return

Nov 06 09:03

Jewish groups call on UKIP to break up with ‘vile’ Alex Jones’ Infowars in anti-Semitism row

British Jewish groups have accused UKIP of indulging in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories through its links with Alex Jones’ right-wing website, Infowars, calling on the party to disassociate itself from the “vile” website.

The calls come in the wake of pipe bomb plots that targeted 14 high profile figures in the US including billionaire investor George Soros, and the Pittsburgh synagogue attack that saw 11 people killed and 7 injured – with Infowars being accused of “propagating conspiracy theories and dog whistle anti-Semitism” over the incidents, The Guardian reports.

One of UKIP’s latest high profile recruits is Infowars’ editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson. Watson was one of three eye-catching Youtube personalities signed up by UKIP leader Gerard Batten in June this year, to breathe new life and attract a younger demographic into the right wing party.

Nov 06 08:01

New Look set to close up to 100 UK stores in radical revamp

New Look may close about 100 UK stores in a radical revamp intended to cut costs and improve profitability.

In March creditors approved the fashion retailer's plan to shut 60 stores and cut 1,000 jobs.

On Tuesday the chain said 85 stores had closed or were closing, while talks with landlords on a further 13 were continuing.

A further 26 stores are trading rent-free, with landlords or New Look able to end the arrangement at any time.

Nov 05 12:01

UK To Sell China "Unlimited" Military Technology, Radar Equipment

An unnamed UK defense company has been granted a license to supply an unlimited quantity of goods to China's military, "including airborne radar technology likely to be used by the PLA Air Force," reports Stephen Chen of SCMP.

The contract governed by an "open individual export license (OIEL)" has been active since April, two months after Prime Minister Theresa May visited Beijing, as made public by Britain's Department for International Trade.

Unlike previous deals involving British arms sales to China, which were capped by amount and value, under the new agreement the supplier can “export an unlimited quantity of goods”, including equipment, components, software and technology for military radar systems, the department said.

Its strategic export control database described the equipment covered by the licence as “target acquisition, weapon control and countermeasure systems” for “aircraft, helicopters and drones”. -SCMP

Nov 05 09:38

British Army: Foreign soldiers can now join – without ever having lived in UK

FOREIGN nationals will now be allowed to join the British Army even if they’ve never lived in the UK after the Ministry of Defence announced major changes to the rules.

The decision comes as the MoD unveiled plans to boost the number of Commonwealth recruits to 1350 to plug a shortfall of more than 8,000 soldiers, sailors and air personnel, with the increased levels of recruitment due to be phased in over several years.

At present, only 200 Commonwealth citizens per year are permitted to apply, and even they they need to have lived in the UK for five years.

But in a bid to recruit more servicemen and women to the Army, Navy and Air Force, the Ministry of Defence is lifting this cap.

Nov 04 18:10

OUTRAGE as India spends £330MILLION of £1billion UK foreign aid on GIANT BRONZE STATUE

While the UK was sending India £1.17billion in aid, the Indian government was spending nearly half of that on the world’s tallest statue.

This new statue is twice the height of the US’ Statue of Liberty and has been met with condemnation for the large bill that it carried.

Over the 56 months it took to build India’s Statue of Unity, the government spent around £330million of UK taxpayer’s aid.

Nov 04 18:08

Drug firms gagged with TOP SECRET NDA’s over post Brexit plans

The Department of Health and Social Care is consulting firms about plans to ensure there is no shortage of supply of medicine after the country leaves the EU on March 29 next year and has made them sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

If any pharmaceutical company happens to reveal the details about the plans - breaking the terms of the gagging order - they will be threatened with an injunction.

Nov 04 17:52

High Street crisis 'will cost 120,000 their jobs in 2018'

THE MASSACRE of Britain's high streets is worsening, experts warn today as it emerges that 120,000 retail jobs could be lost this year alone. Alarming new figures reveal job losses among retail workers are at their worst level since the recession a decade ago.

Nov 04 17:46

Transgender soldier celebrated as first UK woman on frontline duty 'seduced comrade's wife'

Chloe Allen, officially recognized as the British Army's first woman allowed on the frontline after transitioning in 2016, has reportedly been accused of breaking up a fellow soldier's marriage — a serious breach of army ethics.

The Daily Mail, which broke the story, also alleges that the top brass refused to take the usual disciplinary steps against Allen, to avoid embarrassment around the high-profile recruit.

Nov 04 16:26

The true evil of online blackmail: Father's anguish for the son who took his own life after email ransom demands

Craig Simpson was last seen alive leaving home in the middle of March this year. The 56-year-old's body was pulled out of the nearby River Lugg in Herefordshire a week later.

Police discovered messages on his mobile phone revealing that he had recently been blackmailed into making Bitcoin payments to stop criminals sharing his private information with family and friends, despite nothing on his phone or computer showing he had ever visited an adult website.

He had been a victim of 'ransomware' – a cruel attack by computer criminals who blackmail their victims by threatening to spread lies that they have been watching online porn.

Nov 04 15:11

Israel stooges freak out over Baroness Jenny Tonge's remarks – again

Stuart Littlewood highlights UK Baroness Tonge’s longstanding battles with the Israel lobbies in the Liberal Democratic Party and the UK at large, and comments on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s stab in her back despite her long history of campaigning for Palestinian rights. >>

Nov 03 12:21

Russia Isolated? US And Britain Excluded From Syria Summit

There were several takeaways from the recent Quadrilateral Summit in Istanbul on finding a peaceful settlement to the war in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin convened with his counterparts from Turkey, Germany and France for a two-day summit last weekend in a convivial and constructive atmosphere.

The four powers signed a communique emphasizing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria. It was Putin who underscored the inviolability of the Syrian government of President Assad as the internationally recognized authority in the Arab country. The communique also endorsed the right of the Syrian nation to self-determination over the future political settlement, free from external interference.

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Just because it was not invited to the conference, is no guarantee that the US government will do the right thing, which would be it's pulling its military from the country; Israel still wants, desperately, for the US to destabilize Syria to the point where it will become a failed state.

And as of 24 September, 2018, John Bolton made the following statement:

John Bolton says the US will stay in Syria until Iran and its Proxies are Gone

For Bolton to have made this statement, it is painfully clear that the US government is perfectly fine with catching hostile fire from Syrian, Iranian, and/or Russian forces in Syria.

This creates a potential for war by the US and Israel against Russia, Syria, and Iran.

Nov 02 09:05

Government urged to ditch 'bonkers' fracking plan

Fracking is controversial, this much we know. But the government has ratcheted-up tensions with plans that could see shale gas projects fast-tracked in future.

Nov 02 08:11

DNA testing websites are 'scaring women into asking for breast removal surgery' by wrongly telling them they have a high cancer risk

An expert has warned cheap tests for the BRCA gene mutations, which increase the risk of breast cancer, are giving out false results and worrying women.

The BRCA mutations were made famous by Angelina Jolie, who had both her breasts surgically removed when she discovered she was at risk of cancer because she carried a mutated version of the gene.

And while tests are available online for as little as £25, they may not be reliable, 'cause more worry than benefit', and cost the NHS money in follow-up tests.

Nov 01 12:38

Mum-of-two loses her £2,900 savings to a scammer pretending to be from HMRC and threatening PRISON in latest sick fraud ruse

Lauren Steyn*, 38, a married mum-of-two, from London said she responded to an automated message from someone claiming to work for the Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

They told her that she must 'call them back immediately' as she'd been 'randomly selected for auditing'.

The call ended up costing her £2,900 - and she wants to warn This is Money readers about the elaborate ruse.

Nov 01 08:30

Britain ‘complicit’ in Yemen famine, Tory ex-cabinet minister warns amid calls to end arm sales

A former cabinet minister has said Britain is “complicit” in creating a famine in war-torn Yemen because of its support for the Saudi-led coalition, amid growing calls for the UK to halt its sales of arms to the group.

Andrew Mitchell, who was international development secretary in David Cameron’s government, has urged foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to reassess the government’s stance on the issue.

It came as opposition MPs have also criticised the government for maintaining arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Nov 01 08:29

Theresa May fails to back US calls for Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Yemen

Theresa May has failed to back US calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a three-year civil war has led to the “most terrifying humanitarian catastrophe on the planet”.

The prime minister was urged to support a United Nations resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in the war-torn country after the US ramped up pressure by calling on both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels to end their airstrikes.

Ms May told MPs that the UK supported calls for “de-escalation” in Yemen but the government’s position remained that a ceasefire would only work if there is a political deal between the conflict parties.

Nov 01 08:14

MPs WILL approve May's Brexit deal because they are 'terrified' of crashing out of the EU, David Davis admits

MPs will approve Theresa May's Brexit deal because they are 'terrified' of crashing out of the EU, David Davis has admitted.

The former Brexit secretary said 'irrational fear' would win out in Parliament if the PM manages to get any kind of agreement with Brussels.

Mr Davis tried to backpedal today by insisting no package based on Mrs May's Chequers plan would get passed.

But the comments, from a vehement critics of Mrs May's stance, will encourage Downing Street.

The premier is engaged in a desperate scramble to break the deadlock with the EU, with a 'backstop' for the Irish border still the main sticking point.

Nov 01 08:12

London Replaces Reality With 'Emotional Calls' - Russian Embassy

London keeps replacing objective reality with "emotional calls" and "groundless accusations" as it tries to create an international anti-Russian alliance, the press officer of the Russian Embassy to the United Kingdom told reporters on Wednesday.

His remark came amid UK Prime Minister Theresa May's recent statement that Russia was deploying chemical weapons in the United Kingdom, voiced during her address at the meeting of the Nordic Council in Oslo on Tuesday.

"We strongly reject these insinuations. Another portion of accusations of Russia is a far cry from reality. We would like to stress that, as regards the Salisbury incident, we have to deal with a reckless position of the current British authorities, as they refuse, without any substantial explanations, to cooperate with Russia on the investigation of the poisoning of the two Russian nationals on British soil," the press officer told reporters.

Oct 31 09:48

Brexit FURY rises: Petition to STOP second referendum gains more than 100,000 signatures

The petition was launched by Ronald Mitchell after 700,000 people took to London’s streets demanding a “People’s Vote”.

The petition, which at the time of writing has been signed by 100,070 people, said: “Although not legally binding the referendum on whether we stay of leave the EU carried out on the 23rd June 2016 was the clearest indicator of the will of the electorate.

“At that time our Prime Minister David Cameron assured us that the result of the referendum would be carried out.

“We must ensure democracy rules.”

Oct 30 17:34

Medical cannabis products 'will drive patients to addiction and crime' and turn doctors into drug dealers, warn experts in scathing letter

'We are concerned that in the interests of political expediency, this mandate to allow routine prescribing of cannabis for pain relief is premature.

'That cannabis is an effective treatment for chronic pain is not supported by the evidence and may be associated with significant harm.'

Oct 30 17:23

Common antibiotic doctors say could give you organ failure as millions of Britons are at risk of devastating permanent side effect as a result of over-prescribing

Leading medics have warned that some antibiotics, prescribed to more than a million Britons for chest and urine infections, are resulting in devastating, permanent side effects including kidney failure, chronic pain and damage to nerves in the brain.

Doctors from the European Medicines Agency say the drugs, including ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin, are being dished out far too readily, when they should only ever be used as a last resort.

While they do clear up infections, a growing body of evidence shows the side effects occur more frequently than originally thought – and can be life-changing.

Common complications of these drugs include an inflamed or ruptured tendon, nerve damage in the brain (leading to depression, anxiety and insomnia), digestive problems, fatigue and damage to the major organs and joints.

Oct 30 08:18

How to snare a billionaire: Founder of the School of Affluence lists the six things that 'turn rich men off' - and the traits they love in a woman

She's the 32-year-old Swedish jet-setting Instagram star who runs an online finishing program instructing women how they can bag a billionaire.
And now London-based Anna Bey, founder of the 'School of Affluence', has offered some pearls of wisdom to those who also have their hopes set on snaring a cashed- up gent.
'Women in high society always have to stay on top of their game in order to keep the man's interest and also to get the highest calibre of man,' she told Australian morning show Sunrise.

Oct 29 08:38

Khashoggi BOMBSHELL: Britain 'KNEW of kidnap plot and BEGGED Saudi Arabia to abort plans'

MURDERED journalist Jamal Khashoggi was about to disclose details of Saudi Arabia’s use of chemical weapons in Yemen, sources close to him said last night. The revelations come as separate intelligence sources disclosed that Britain had first been made aware of a plot a full three weeks before he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Intercepts by GCHQ of internal communications by the kingdom’s General Intelligence Directorate revealed orders by a “member of the royal circle” to abduct the troublesome journalist and take him back to Saudi Arabia.

The orders, intelligence sources say, did not emanate directly from de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and it is not known if he was aware of them.

Though they commanded that Khashoggi should be abducted and taken back to Riyadh, they “left the door open” for other actions should the journalist prove to be troublesome, sources said.

Oct 29 08:03

Fracking halted at Lancashire site for third time after biggest earth tremor yet

Energy firm Cuadrilla restarted operations on Monday after an earthquake, recorded as 0.8 magnitude by the British Geological Survey (BGS), brought proceedings to a halt on Friday.

But a spokesman for the firm said work had been paused as another seismic event was detected at about 11.30am on Monday.

At 1.1 magnitude, it marks the biggest tremor to take place there since fracking began there in mid-October.

Oct 29 08:01

Rotherham grooming ring: Gang of seven men convicted of sexually exploiting vulnerable teenage girls

The prosecution was the first to come out of a major inquiry into sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town. Up to 1,500 potential victims have been identified.

One of the women, now in her 30s, told the court in Sheffield that she had had sex with “at least 100 Asian men” by the age of just 16.

Others described how they had been gang-raped in woodland and then told they would be abandoned there alone.

The victims were “lured by the excitement of friendship with older Asian youths”, the trial heard, but once they groomed by the gang they were repeatedly sexually assaulted and passed between the men.

Oct 28 19:01

Administrative UK Site-Blocking Should Be Accompanied By Absolute Transparency

This week the UK Government announced that it's considering options for 'pirate' site-blocking without rightsholders having to go to court to obtain an injunction. While there are undoubtedly plenty of pitfalls to consider before implementing this kind of system, absolute transparency should be the minimum standard. Without it, confusion reigns.

Oct 28 18:45

Peer sparks fury by posting Facebook message appearing to blame Israel's policies for fuelling anti-Semitism which led to Pittsburgh massacre

Responding to the bloody atrocity, Baroness Jenny Tonge posted a message on Facebook saying the policies of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu - known as 'Bibi' - is fuelling the anti-Semitism which led to the massacre.

Her remark was branded 'abhorrent' by Jewish leaders and campaigners who furiously demanded she is stripped of her peerage.

The peer wrote on Facebook: 'Absolutely appalling and criminal act, but does it ever occur to Bibi and the present Israeli government that its actions against Palestinians may be reigniting anti-Semitism?

'Some people will not know the difference between the Zionist government in Israel and Jewish people in all countries who do not support that government's actions. We must never conflate the two.

'I suppose someone will say that it is anti-Semitic to say so?'

Oct 28 08:35

Facebook gets maximum fine over its big data scandal. It won't even notice

UK authorities have hit Facebook with the maximum possible fine over its Cambridge Analytica scandal. But the penalty is tiny.
The United Kingdom's Information Commissioner's Office announced the £500,000 ($645,000) fine on Thursday, saying that Facebook failed to safeguard user data and was slow to contain the leak.

Oct 27 18:24

Fracking in Lancashire: Second 0.8 tremor in 24 hours

A second tremor of 0.8 magnitude has been recorded within 24 hours at the UK's only active site for fracking.

It was detected on Saturday after drilling for shale gas resumed in Lancashire following a 0.8 tremor on Friday. Neither was felt at surface.

Oct 27 10:32

Tory MP says Russia is ‘trying to damage UK democracy,’ calls for ‘foreign powers act’

A Tory MP claims Britain must adopt a ‘foreign powers act’ to curb Russian influence that is threatening UK democracy, and warned that politicians must not be “paid influencers for others” – but why focus only on Russia?

Writing in The Times, Tory MP Bob Seely called on the UK government to consider the introduction of a ‘foreign powers act,’ in light of recent controversy surrounding House of Lords peers, such as Lord Greg Barker, who has come under scrutiny for his role as chairman of Russian energy firm EN+.

Oct 27 10:29

Royal relations: Prince Andrew wants to strengthen Saudi ties, following Khashoggi murder

Prince Andrew has come under fire after insisting he wants to build closer links with Saudi Arabia, via his Pitch@Palace initiative, despite the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the ongoing war in Yemen.

The Duke of York was addressing a host of entrepreneurs at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on Thursday when he made his comments - declaring that he hoped his initiative would expand into other Gulf states and also Saudi Arabia.

Oct 26 17:25

Fracking in Lancashire suspended following earthquake

Operations have been suspended at the UK's only active shale gas fracking site following an earthquake - just 11 days after it was given the go ahead.

Energy firm Cuadrilla said it would halt fracking at the Lancashire site for 18 hours after a tremor of 0.8 magnitude was recorded.

Drilling for shale gas at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, started on 15 October after a legal challenge failed.

Oct 26 09:45

Blair refuses to cancel lucrative deal with Saudi despite Khashoggi murder

Tony Blair has resisted calls to end his multi-million dollar deal with Saudi Arabia despite allegations that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been authorised by the Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.

Accounts published last month by the Tony Blair Institute confirmed that Blair had received donations of up to $12 million from the kingdom for a deal with the Crown Prince to support his modernisation programme for the kingdom.

The agreement was said to be the first major deal to have emerged involving the Tony Blair Institute, which Blair established in 2016 after winding down his commercial operations.

While there had calls for Blair to end his arrangement with Mohammed Bin Salman over the ongoing war in Yemen, the killing of the Washington Post journalist earlier this month in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has put further pressure on the former prime minister to cut all ties with Riyadh.

Oct 26 09:45

Brexit FURY: Petition to STOP People's Vote gains TENS OF THOUSANDS of supporters in days

TENS OF THOUSANDS of people have signed an online Government petition to stop a second Brexit referendum after mass protests in London last weekend saw Remainers demand a “People’s Vote”.

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