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  • Blair: Don't Blame Me For Meltdown In Iraq: ...he says Obama quit too soon....

    06/15/2014 10:36:13 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 15, 2014
    Blair: Don't Blame Me For Meltdown In Iraq: 14 June 2014 | The former Prime Minister insisted he was right to topple Saddam Hussein with the US and said things would have been worse if the dictator had not been ousted from power a decade ago. Mr Blair ended a week-long silence after mounting claims by diplomats and Labour MPs that his and Mr Bush’s handling of the Iraq War sowed the seeds of the attempt by the Al Qaeda-backed ISIS terror group to conquer Iraq. In a 2,800-word ‘essay’ on the new Middle East conflagration, Mr Blair refused to...
  • NBC’s David Gregory Slams Blair Over Islamic Terrorism: Didn’t You And Bush Make It Worse?

    04/28/2014 7:44:59 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/27/2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    NBC’s David Gregory pressed Tony Blair over the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism worldwide, arguing that perhaps the former British prime minister’s support for the Iraq War bolstered Islamic terrorism — a charge Blair vehemently denied. Blair appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday to advocate for a stronger Western response to the burgeoning threat of Islamic fundamentalism in places like Syria, Yemen, Iraq and North Africa. But Gregory pushed back. ”Isn’t the legacy of your leadership, and that of President Bush, in part responsible for the reality today?” he asked, noting that many in both the United States and Britain...
  • Gregory Grills Blair: Aren’t You, Bush Responsible for Current Islamic Extremism?

    04/27/2014 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/27/14 | Evan McMurry
    On Meet the Press Sunday morning, host David Gregory challenged former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to defend his and former President George W Bush’s decision to switch focus from the war in Afghanistan to the one in Iraq, asking if that simultaneously diverted resources from fighting the Taliban while radicalizing terrorist groups in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. “Isn’t the legacy of your leadership and that of President Bush in part responsible for the reality today?” Gregory asked. “Did the west fail to deal with the extremism you talk about today appropriately in Afghanistan in a...
  • Former CF Paul Blair dies at 69

    12/26/2013 10:18:28 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    AP ^ | December 27, 2013
    BALTIMORE -- Paul Blair, the eight-time Gold Glove center fielder who helped the Baltimore Orioles win World Series titles in 1966 and '70, has died. He was 69. Blair died Thursday night at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Blair's wife, Gloria, told The Baltimore Sun that Blair played a round of golf with friends Thursday morning and later lost consciousness at a celebrity bowling tournament in Pikesville.
  • New Archbishop Charts Course For Local Catholics (Catholic Caucus)

    12/17/2013 3:11:07 AM PST · by Biggirl
    The Courant ^ | Deember 17,2013 | Denise Buffa
    HARTFORD — The Hartford archdiocese's new archbishop, the Most Rev. Leonard Paul Blair, cited three M's — memory, mission and ministry — as guiding principles while speaking to the more than 2,000 worshippers who attended his Mass of Installation on Monday afternoon at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
  • Pope Names New Archbishop Of Hartford, Catholic Cacus

    10/29/2013 4:32:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    CBS Connecticut ^ | October 28, 2013 | CBS Connecticut
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Pope Francis has appointed an Ohio bishop to lead the Hartford Archdiocese. The archdiocese announced the appointment of Bishop Leonard Paul Blair of Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday.
  • Email links Lockerbie bomber's prison transfer to Ł400m Libyan arms deal

    07/29/2013 8:53:28 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 28, 2013 | Andrew Sparrow
    <p>An email has emerged suggesting a connection between the prisoner transfer deal negotiated between Libya and the last Labour government, that could have allowed the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, and a Ł400m arms deal.</p> <p>The document, which shows that Sir Vincent Fean, the then British ambassador to Libya, wrote to Tony Blair in June 2008 saying that the prisoner transfer agreement was "ready for signature in London" as soon as Libya went ahead with the purchase of an air defence system, was obtained by the Sunday Telegraph.</p>
  • Tony Blair urges Israeli leader to 'take a chance' on peace as 100 prisoners freed (7-21-13)

    07/28/2013 7:26:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    Mirror News ^ | 21 Jul 2013 00:01 | Nigel Nelson
    Tony Blair was in Jerusalem ­yesterday to urge Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: “Give peace a chance.” The ex-Labour Prime Minister, now a go-between in new Middle East peace talks, told Israel’s leader to get a move on with ­concessions to the Palestinians. Mr Netanyahu agreed to free at least 100 Palestinians who have been held in Israeli jails for more than 20 years. In return it is expected that the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will relax his demand that a future Palestinian state must be based on the border from before the 1967 Six-Day War. Hopes of lasting peace in...
  • ‘$4b. for Palestinians contingent on peace progress’

    06/26/2013 7:24:18 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 26, 2013, 4:37 pm | Elhanan Miller
    A $4 billion foreign investment package to boost peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will not be considered unless US Secretary of State John Kerry succeeds in bringing the negotiating parties back to the table, The Times of Israel has learned. “[This package] is not intended as a substitute for the political process,” a Western diplomatic source told The Times of Israel on Wednesday. “It will be launched either in parallel or after the political track is resumed, as judged by John Kerry.” Kerry is scheduled to return to Israel later this week in an effort to relaunch negotiations...
  • Happy birthday, Mr. President (Peres/Israel - Left love-fest/Barf Alert)

    06/18/2013 5:45:07 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 19, 2013, 2:21 am | Jessica Steinberg
    It was a love fest at Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday party Tuesday night, as world leaders, beloved performers and regular folk spoke, sang, and sent their messages of love and affection for the president, former prime minister, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Peres sat flanked by former US president Bill Clinton and Jewish stage diva Barbra Streisand on his right, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on his left. Behind them was an auditorium full of who’s who in Israel and abroad, from actors Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone, Prince Albert of Monaco and Chicago mayor...
  • Tony Blair strongly denies affair with Wendi Deng as outrageous rumours sweep the internet

    06/14/2013 3:34:36 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14:25 EST, 14 June 2013 | Tom Leonard
    Tony Blair denied outrageous internet rumours today linking him with the divorce of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng. The internet was awash with unfounded suggestions that the former Prime Minister may have been romantically involved with 44-year-old Miss Deng, who is a close friend. The feverish speculation followed a Twitter claim by BBC business editor Robert Peston, who has close links with senior Murdoch empire insiders, that he had been ‘told that undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping - & hate myself for wanting to know what they are’. The rumours are understood to have been emphatically rejected...
  • Greenfield: Islam is the Problem

    06/03/2013 4:57:22 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 23 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, June 02, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, June 02, 2013 Islam is the Problem Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog On a mild London afternoon, two Muslims rammed a car into a British soldier returning to the barracks after working at the Tower of London. They shouted Allah Akbar and hacked and slashed at his body in an attempt to behead him. By the time they were done, his body could only be identified through dental records. Shortly afterward, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that “there is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act”. London Mayor Boris Johnson added, “It...
  • Tony Blair says murder of British soldier proves 'there is a problem within Islam'

    06/01/2013 8:57:11 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 70 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | June 1, 2013 | Glen Owen
    Tony Blair today makes his most powerful political intervention since leaving Downing Street by launching an outspoken attack on ‘the problem within Islam’. The former Prime Minister addresses the shocking killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich by going further than he – or any front-rank British politician – has gone before over the issue of Muslim radicalism. Writing in today’s Mail on Sunday, he departs from the usual argument that Islam is a peaceful religion that should not be tainted by the actions of a few extremists. Instead, Mr Blair urges governments to ‘be honest’ and admit that the...
  • Kerry announces $4 billion economic development proposal for West Bank

    05/27/2013 2:22:05 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26, 2013 | By Anne Geran and William Booth
    DEAD SEA, Jordan — Hoping to use economic promise as a bridge to a peace deal between Palestinians and Israel, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced an estimated $4 billion economic development proposal for the West Bank on Sunday that he said could cut the 21 percent unemployment rate by two-thirds. “The greatest existential threat and the greatest economic threat to both sides is the lack of peace,” Kerry said. “To not try to head these off would be tragic, and it would be irresponsible.” International business leaders rallied by former British prime minister Tony Blair will propose new...
  • Kerry unveils $4 billion Palestinian economic plan

    05/26/2013 3:51:06 PM PDT · by blueyon · 35 replies
    the Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/26/2013 | By TOVAH LAZAROFF
    DEAD SEA, Jordan – US Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a $4 billion economic plan to revitalize the Palestinian economy, as he called on Israelis and Palestinians to forgive past wrongs and return to the negotiating table. “The plan for the Palestinian economy is bigger and bolder and more ambitious than anything proposed since Oslo more than 20 years ago,” said Kerry as he spoke at the closing session of the World Economic Forum by the Dead Sea in Jordan.
  • Kerry unveils US$4b Palestinian investment plan

    05/26/2013 3:57:54 PM PDT · by haffast · 51 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 May 2013 4:45 AM | AFP/ac
    AL SHUNAH, Jordan: US Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled on Sunday a plan to boost the Palestinian economy by attracting $4 billion in private investment, saying it could transform the lives of the people. As he seeks to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the table to negotiate a peace deal, Kerry said it was also imperative to create jobs and meet the hopes of young people for a better economic future. He has tasked Tony Blair, the Quartet's special envoy to the Middle East, with drawing up a plan to revitalise the West Bank through boosting industries...
  • Blair For Hire: Former Prime Minister Cozies Up To Despots and Dictators

    01/11/2013 6:43:11 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Ian Birrell
    When Tony Blair visited Beijing a few weeks ago to open a prestigious conference on philanthropy, he showed he had lost none of the evangelical fervour that once dazzled British voters. Giving an impassioned sermon to an A-list audience on the crucial role of compassion, the former Prime Minister spoke of how societies should be measured not just by what people do for themselves, but by what they do for others. ‘The best philanthropy is about changing the world,’ he proclaimed. ‘Flourishing philanthropy is an essential part of a flourishing society.’ Blair told well-heeled listeners paying nearly £1,500 a head...
  • "Duh!": The nation’s top intelligence official speaks.

    01/23/2010 2:51:19 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 609+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 1, 2010 | Stephen F. Hayes
    In congressional testimony on January 20, the nation’s top intelligence official, Dennis Blair, acknowledged that the U.S. government mishandled the interrogation of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian terrorist who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day. Specifically, Blair was not happy that Abdulmutallab was charged as a common criminal and read his rights, rather than being questioned by the elite interrogation unit announced by President Obama as a replacement for the CIA teams used by the Bush administration. “I’d been a part of the deliberations which established this high-value interrogation unit [HIG],” Blair explained at a...
  • The Job Nobody Wants (DNI Blair Bails on Obama; Panetta, Hagel Reject Obama)

    05/26/2010 7:15:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies · 935+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2010 | Siohban Gorman
    On paper, it was a promotion. But Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta turned down a White House offer to become the next director of national intelligence anyway. President Barack Obama last week fired his intelligence chief, Dennis Blair, without an immediate successor teed up. People familiar with the matter said the White House had expected Mr. Blair would stick around until a replacement was found. Mr Blair declined. The struggle to find a successor has highlighted the challenges of filling an ill-defined job fraught with political tripwires. Mr. Panetta is one of a number of people who have turned...
  • Nobel Winner Desmond Tutu Calls For G. W. Bush & Tony Blair To Be Tried At The Hague For Iraq War

    09/02/2012 3:18:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | September 2, 2012
    Groan.Via BBC: Tony Blair and George W Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the Iraq war, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said.Writing in the UK’s Observer newspaper, he accused the former leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction.The Iraq military campaign had made the world more unstable “than any other conflict in history”, he said.Mr Blair responded by saying “this is the same argument we have had many times with nothing new to say”.Earlier this week, Archbishop Tutu, a veteran peace campaigner who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 in recognition of...
  • Tutu: Bush, Blair should face trial at the Hague

    09/02/2012 5:42:25 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 43 replies
    Philly. com ^ | September 2, 2012 | David Stringer
    LONDON - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to "answer for their actions." The Iraq war "has destabilized and polarized the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history," wrote Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984. "Those responsible...
  • Abbas Meets Blair, Asks for Financial Support

    08/07/2012 10:12:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/12 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas received Quartet representative Tony Blair in Ramallah on Tuesday and called to support the PA financially. The PA-based WAFA news agency reported that Abbas briefed Blair on the latest political developments and the dilemma the peace process is facing, due to what he termed the Israeli government’s intransigence and refusal to abide by the international law. The report said that Abbas insisted on the importance of providing financial support to PA, especially during the critical financial situation it is going through. .....
  • Catholic Tony Blair Supports Legalizing Gay Marriage in UK

    03/11/2012 4:41:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 3/11/12 | Anugrah Kumar
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who converted to Catholicism in 2007, is backing the government's plan to legalize same-sex marriage before 2015, which has drawn sharp criticism from leaders of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England. U.K.'s The Independent on Sunday reported it found that Blair, a British Labour Party politician, had told his friends that he "strongly supports the Prime Minister's proposal" to enact a new law to make gay marriage legal. The government of Prime Minister David Cameron, led by his Conservative Party in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, announced their plan last...
  • Activists in Malaysia plan symbolic ‘war crime’ trial of Bush, Blair over Iraq War actions

    11/19/2011 10:26:49 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 14, 2011
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian-led activists will hold a symbolic trial this month for former President George W. Bush and British ex-leader Tony Blair on charges of committing crimes against peace in the Iraq war, the event’s organizers said Tuesday.
  • Tony Blair: I tried to make Gaddafi quit power

    09/09/2011 7:18:37 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 9, 2011
    Former British Prime MInister Tony Blair has made an impassioned defence of his close ties with the Gaddafi regime and confirmed that he had tried to persuade the Libyan leader to give up power after the start of the revolt against his regime. Mr Blair said he had no regrets about setting aside decades of hostility between Britain and Libya and holding out an olive branch in 2004. In return, Col Gaddafi agreed to give up his programme of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). "No," he said in an interview with the Reuters news agency to mark the tenth anniversary...
  • Tony Blair calls for regime change in Iran and Syria

    09/09/2011 4:08:47 AM PDT · by UKrepublican · 9 replies
    Tony Blair calls for regime change in Iran and Syria as he blames Tehran for prolonging the conflict in Iraq after the 2003 invasion. In an interview to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the former prime minister warns that the Middle East would be "very, very badly" destabilised if Iran acquired nuclear weapons.
  • Blair: Obama anxious about Israel's fate

    05/26/2011 5:52:50 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 40 replies
    AP via Drudge ^ | 05/26/2011 | AP
    LONDON (AP) — Middle East envoy Tony Blair says Barack Obama launched his peace initiative because he's concerned about what might happen to Israel if Palestinians unilaterally declare statehood. Blair told an audience of business leaders gathered in central London on Thursday that Obama is "frankly worried about the position that Israel is in." The ex-prime minister says that Obama's initiative — rejected by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu — is "an attempt to fill a vacuum which he sees as dangerous, particularly dangerous for Israel in the run-up to September." Mideast watchers have speculated that Washington launched its peace initiative...
  • The day that LSE sold its soul to Libya: BP chief makes oil deal with Gaddafi...

    03/04/2011 11:59:23 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/05/11 | Michael Seamark
    The day that LSE sold its soul to Libya: BP chief makes oil deal with Gaddafi... and drags prestigious university into disrepute By Michael Seamark Last updated at 1:33 AM on 5th March 2011 . •BP boss who signed Ł545m oil pact was lobbying for university too In a desert tent outside Colonel Gaddafi's home town of Sirte four years ago, Tony Blair shook hands with the Libyan dictator in a controversial 'blood money' deal which laid the foundations for the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Also inside the tent was Peter Sutherland, then chairman of BP, who subsequently announced...
  • Libya: Tony Blair agreed to train Gaddafi’s special forces in 'deal in the desert’

    02/28/2011 4:31:23 PM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Tony Blair used his final foreign trip as prime minister to sign a confidential deal with Muammar Gaddafi to train Libyan special forces and supply him with Nato secrets. A copy of the accord obtained by The Daily Telegraph shows that the two leaders agreed to co-operate on defence matters in a range of areas, including exchanging information about defence structures and technology. It was signed during the former Labour prime minister’s “Blair-well” tour of Africa in May 2007, in Gaddafi’s tent in the Libyan desert. Included in the document was an agreement on “co-operation in the training of specialised...
  • Tony Blair Testimony To Iraq War Inquiry – The Influence Of Iran

    01/21/2011 4:59:45 PM PST · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-21-11 | Curt
    Former British PM Tony Blair testified in front of another Iraq inquiry today and for the second time this year he testified about the very real danger of Iran and al-Qaeda working together. Of course the storyline by the British papers, the biased MSM, and the lefty blogosphere, is regarding the regret offered by Blair over the loss of life: At the end of his evidence this afternoon he said it had never been his meaning. "Of course I regret deeply and profoundly the loss of life," I'm sure everyone else would cheer the loss of life huh? I...
  • Blair criticises Obama's Iran policy

    01/21/2011 3:15:49 PM PST · by UKrepublican · 1 replies
    LONDON — Former British premier Tony Blair criticised US President Barack Obama on Friday for being too soft on Iran, urging the West to deal with a "looming and coming challenge" from the Islamic republic.
  • Alastair Campbell diaries: The shaping of a war leader

    01/19/2011 3:59:18 AM PST · by Ravnagora
    guardian.co.uk ^ | January 14, 2011 | Alastair Campbell
    As Tony Blair's press secretary, Alastair Campbell was at the heart of events in the early years of Blair's premiership, when conflicts with Iraq and Serbia dominated foreign affairs Alastair Campbell looks on as Tony Blair makes a point in 1998, the first full year of his decade as prime minister. The diary extracts cover events from 1997-1999. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton Hibbert/Rex Features The first tentative steps towards the most controversial event of Tony Blair's premiership – the 2003 invasion of Iraq – were taken during the period covered in these diaries. In late 1998 Blair sanctioned his first bombing...
  • Bed and Breakfast owners fined for turning away gay couple (in UK)

    01/18/2011 1:37:31 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    LifeSite ^ | January 18, 2010 | HILARY WHITE
    Peter and Hazelmary Bull with supporters. January 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - It is illegal in Britain for guesthouse keepers to refuse to allow two homosexual men to share a bed in their homes, according to a ruling by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in a test case sponsored by the countryÂ’s leading homosexualist lobby group. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, devout Christians who own a guesthouse in a popular holiday resort in Cornwall, were ordered by the EHRC to pay a fine of ÂŁ1,800 each to Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, two men who had booked a room in...
  • Robert Plant Opens Up About Led Zeppelin Reunion, Failed Follow-Up With Alison Krauss

    01/07/2011 4:23:33 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 94 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 6, 2011 | Andy Greene
    In the new issue of Rolling Stone - on stands and online in the digital archives now (subscription required) — Robert Plant explains to writer Stephen Rodrick why he was unwilling to keep performing with Led Zeppelin after their 2007 reunion concert.
  • Mr Blair has some very bizarre friends, but a monster who traded in human body parts...

    12/16/2010 4:53:33 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    Daily Mail UK Online ^ | December 16, 2010 | Stephen Glover
    Five months ago, Tony Blair travelled to Kosovo at the invitation of the country’s prime minister, his friend Hashim Thaci, to receive the Golden Medal of Freedom. Mr Thaci has often lavished praise on Mr Blair for playing the leading role in ­‘liberating’ Kosovo from Serbian rule in 1999. Our former prime minister has some very bizarre friends. A new report from the respected Council of Europe accuses Mr Thaci of overseeing a ‘mafia-like’ organised crime ring in the late Nineties, which engaged in ­assassinations, beatings, human organ ­trafficking and other serious crimes. The report, which took two years to...
  • Tony Blair defends religious faith

    11/28/2010 3:46:32 PM PST · by gorush · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-28-2010 | no byline
    The former prime minister said it was true that "people commit horrific acts of evil in the name of religion". But Mr Blair, who converted to Catholicism after leaving government in 2007, said it was also true that religion inspires acts of extraordinary good. Sceptic Mr Hitchens, who has terminal cancer, likened God to a "celestial dictatorship, a kind of divine North Korea". He appeared to win over the audience, which voted two-to-one in his favour following the debate, which argued the motion "be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world".
  • Former British prime minister's sister-in-law converts to Islam

    10/27/2010 8:18:32 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    The National ^ | Oct 26, 2010 | David Sapsted
    London // The sister-in-law of Tony Blair, the former British prime minister who is now the UN special envoy in the Middle East, has converted to Islam. Lauren Booth, the half-sister of Mr Blair's wife Cherie, said she had converted from Christianity after a "holy experience" six weeks ago following a visit to the shrine of Fatima al Masumeh in Qom, Iran. Ms Booth, 43, a journalist who works for Press TV, the Iranian English-language broadcaster, announced her conversion at the Global Peace and Unity Event in London on Saturday. To cheers, she told the meeting: "What I wanted to...
  • Why would Tony Blair's sister-in-law convert to Islam?

    10/27/2010 10:41:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 25th, 2010 | Ed West
    It was only a matter of time. Tony Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth has converted to Islam after a dose of “spiritual morphine” in Iran, although she talks about the world’s fastest-growing religion like it was the latest version of the Atkins Diet: “Now I don’t eat pork and I read the Koran every day. I’m on page 60. I also haven’t had a drink in 45 days, the longest period in 25 years,” she said. And she’s even refused to rule out wearing a burka: “Who knows where my spiritual journey will take me?” Politically Booth has always struck me...
  • Tony Blair's sister-in-law converts to Islam

    10/24/2010 4:49:21 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 93 replies
    Guardian.UK ^ | Oct. 24, 2010
    Tony Blair's sister-in-law has converted to Islam after having what she describes as a "holy experience" during a visit to Iran. Journalist and broadcaster Lauren Booth, 43 – Cherie Blair's sister – now wears a hijab whenever she leaves her home, prays five times a day and visits her local mosque whenever she can. She decided to become a Muslim six weeks ago after visiting the shrine of Fatima al-Masumeh in the city of Qom.
  • Ann Coulter: BREAKING: JAYSON BLAIR NOW WORKING AT POLITICO! (Bonus Column!)

    09/28/2010 9:46:53 AM PDT · by Syncro · 19 replies · 1+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | Ann Coulter
    BREAKING: JAYSON BLAIR NOW WORKING AT POLITICO!September 28, 2010 Excerpts from a Politico reporter who seems not to have been at the event he was allegedly reporting on, probably because he's homophobic: “The broad surge in the conservative grassroots made it as far as PayPal founder Peter Thiel’s grand apartment overlooking New York’s Union Square Tuesday night, where about 150 backers of the conservative gay group GOProud gathered to laugh at Ann Coulter’s red meat riffs on Democrats, blacks, and the Obamas at a fundraiser organizers touted as ‘Homocon.’” The event was Saturday night -- not "Tuesday" -- there...
  • Caption Bill Clinton and Tony Blair

    09/14/2010 10:05:05 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 28 replies
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (R) chats with former U.S. President Bill Clinton after receiving the Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 13, 2010. The Liberty Medal is awarded annually to honor men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe.
  • Tony Blair says, "Radical Islam is world's greatest threat"!

    09/11/2010 2:40:14 PM PDT · by Morpheus2009 · 42 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3 September 2010 | Eeyore
    Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has described radical Islam as the greatest threat facing the world today. He made the remark in a BBC interview marking the publication of his memoirs. Mr Blair said radical Islamists believed that whatever was done in the name of their cause was justified - including the use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
  • BLIAR BUSTED: Former UK PM's autobiography includes dialogue from meeting with 'Queen' [Drudge]

    09/08/2010 6:11:43 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 11 replies
    Drudge ^ | 9/08 | Drudge
    "taking from fiction movie! "
  • Tony Blair on Dick Cheney: He wanted to remake Middle East after 9/11, invade Iraq, Syria, Iran

    09/07/2010 4:48:41 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 88 replies
    N.Y. Daily News ^ | September 5th 2010
    Dick Cheney wanted to invade several Middle East nations, not just Iraq, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reveals in his new book. Blair writes that the former Vice President had a goal to remake the power structure of several countries in that part of the world. Cheney "would have worked through the whole lot, Iraq, Syria, Iran, dealing with all their surrogates in the course of it -- Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.," Blair wrote in his memoir, "A Journey." The former PM told Christiane Amanpour on ABC's "This Week" that Cheney, 69, believed "the world had to be remade after...
  • Tony Blair: Iraq war was necessary

    09/06/2010 2:58:00 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 12 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 09/06/2010 | Abby Phillips
    A candid former British Prime Minister Tony Blair stands by his and the Bush administration’s decision to pursue the Iraq war, even as he expresses regret for the lives lost in the conflict. “You can’t not have regrets about the lives lost,” Blair said. “I mean, you would be inhuman if you didn’t regret the death of so many extraordinary, brave and committed soldiers, of civilians that have died in Iraq, or die still now in Afghanistan. And, of course, you feel an enormous responsibility for that, not just regret.”
  • An Ally Remembers (A Tony Blair Book Review)

    09/01/2010 5:42:00 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 09-02-10 | MARTIN RUBIN
    Defining 'New Labour,' defending the Iraq war, getting to know George W. Bush. It is now painfully obvious that Tony Blair—the man who led Britain for a decade, who transformed the country's dully orthodox Labour Party into dashing, moderate "New Labour," who faced down parliamentary opponents with brio and eloquently defended the invasion of Iraq—is no longer much of a hero in his own country. Indeed, he is intensely disliked, not least for his loyalty to the "freedom agenda"—the idea that, after 9/11, Western democracies had a duty to face down tyrants like Saddam Hussein and end the threat they...
  • Blair: Delegitimization of Israel is affront to humanity

    08/24/2010 8:00:22 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 25, 2010 | HERB KEINON
    To delegitimize Israel is an affront not only to Israelis, but to those "everywhere, in every part of humanity, who share the values of a free and independent human spirit," Quartet envoy Tony Blair said on Tuesday, in an exceptionally warm speech at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. ... Blair, who will be taking part in the launch of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in Washington next week, said the last 60 years had been "remarkable for you, but what you have created is a remarkable example for the rest of us." "The issue of delegitimization is...
  • Blair memoir 'a love letter to Bush'

    08/22/2010 6:30:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Politics UK ^ | August 22, 2010 | By politics.co.uk staff
    An aide to Tony Blair told the News of the World that the book launches a full defence of the much-derided US president, saying he was the only man with the courage to take on Al-Qaeda. "It is the biggest and most unapologetic defence of Bush and his ideas ever written," the paper quoted the aide as saying. "It is basically an extended love letter. Tony says he was wowed by Bush's strength, courage and conviction and saw him as a highly intelligent and visionary friend. "He says the Americans were the only ones with an effective vision on how...
  • Debunking the Carter Ruck defence of British-Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi Auchi ( + REZKO et al)

    07/01/2009 11:09:45 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 346+ views
    Hawaii Free Press / WikiLeaks ^ | 5/29/2008 | Andrew Walden
    May 29, 2008 By Andrew Walden (Hawai'i Free Press) Nadhmi Auchi, seen here with the Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich (middle) at a 2004 Chicago dinner in Auchi's honor arranged by Antonin Rezko (potentially, right)[1]. All three men have been convicted of corruption related charges (Auchi 2003, Rezko 2008, Blagojevich 2009).[2] “A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser (dual US-Syrian citizen Tony Rezko) just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses. The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi,...
  • Tony Blair to earn millions as climate change adviser

    05/26/2010 12:45:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies · 427+ views
    London Evening Standard ^ | May 26, 2010 | Sri Carmichael
    Tony Blair is set to earn millions of pounds advising an American businessman on how to make money from tackling climate change. The former prime minister will be paid at least Ł700,000 a year to act as a “strategic adviser” to Khosla Ventures, a venture capitalist firm founded by Indian billionaire Vinod Khosla. The Californian company bankrolls businesses hoping to profit from technology that helps reduce global warming and carbon emissions. Mr Blair secured the job thanks to his “influence” and high level international contacts, whom he will be expected to lean on to open doors. He has told friends...