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  • Jack Straw Admits Release of Lockerbie Terrorist Was ALL ABOUT OIL

    09/04/2009 6:56:42 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 10 replies · 724+ views
    UK Telegraph/The Lid ^ | 9/4/09 | The Lid
    Many people around the world, not just the relatives of the victims of the 270 people killed when Abdel Baset al-Megrahi blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over a Scottish town, are still furious about his release from a Scottish prison and the warm greetings extended to him when he arrived in Libya. The TV cameras showed the gala reception, Qaddafi hugging Megrahi, and Megrahi kissing the Libyan despot. Libya's leader then praised his "friend" British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the British government on Thursday for what he called their "courage" in allowing Megrahi's release. "To my friends in...
  • Jack Straw admits Lockerbie bomber's release was linked to oil

    09/04/2009 5:52:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 713+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Sept. 4, 2009 | Mary Riddell, Simon Johnson and Andrew Porter
    Jack Straw has reignited the row over the release of the Lockerbie bomber by admitting for the first time that trade and oil were an essential part of the Government’s decision to include him in a prisoner transfer deal with Libya. The Justice Secretary said he was unapologetic about including Abdelbaset al Megrahi in the agreement, citing a multi-million-pound oil deal signed by BP and Libya six weeks later. The admission directly contradicts Gordon Brown's insistence only days ago that oil deals were not a factor in the prisoner's release. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Straw also...
  • Downing Street approved Lockerbie bomber deal

    08/30/2009 4:11:52 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 43 replies · 1,808+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 30, 2009 | Suzy Jagger and Tom Baldwin
    Gordon Brown was dragged into the centre of the row over the early release of the Lockerbie bomber last night after it emerged that a key decision that could have paved the way for the terrorist to serve his sentence in Libya was approved by Downing Street. A source close to Jack Straw told The Times that the move to include Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi in a prisoner transfer agreement in 2007 was a government decision and was not made at the sole discretion of the Justice Secretary. “It wasn’t just Jack who decided this. It was a Government decision....
  • UK: New law to back 'have-a-go-heroes' (Justice Secretary says it'll be okay to tackle thugs)

    07/12/2008 8:38:19 PM PDT · by Stoat · 12 replies · 217+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | July 12, 2008 | CLODAGH HARTLEY
      Jack Straw ... law will back heroes            New law to back 'have-a-go-heroes'     By CLODAGH HARTLEY Home Affairs Correspondent Published: 12 Jul 2008     NEW legislation will protect “have-a-go heroes” who intervene in crimes or use force to defend themselves, Justice Secretary Jack Straw vowed last night. From Monday a person’s actions will be judged on the situation “as they saw it at the time” — even if in hindsight the force could be classed as unreasonable, according to insiders. Mr Straw told The Sun: “We’re not going to have a...
  • Terrorist is released early under scheme to ease prison overcrowding crisis

    03/30/2008 6:38:07 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 5 replies · 278+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 28th March 2008 | MATTHEW HICKLEY
    Jack Straw yesterday closed a loophole in prison release rules that saw two terrorists freed early to ease overcrowding. Yassin Nassari, who was caught with plans for a military rocket, was last month given his liberty 17 days early, officials admitted. Another terrorist, who is understood to be teenager Abdul Patel, benefited from the early release scheme in January. Within hours of the two cases coming to light yesterday, Mr Straw issued a hurried announcement saying terrorists would no longer be freed early. The Justice Secretary's critics said the U-turn was a sign of disarray in Whitehall. They demanded to...
  • UK: It will be OK to bash a burglar (Victims will now be allowed to defend themselves...to a degree)

    12/19/2007 11:25:39 PM PST · by Stoat · 5 replies · 152+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | December 20, 2007 | GRAEME WILSON
    Straw ... proposals    It will be OK to bash a burglar     By GRAEME WILSON Published: Today     HAVE-a-go heroes who defend themselves against thugs and burglars are to be protected, Justice Secretary Jack Straw pledged yesterday. People who use reasonable force should not fear prosecution, he said. He is proposing reforms he says would protect people who ACTED “instinctively”, FEARED for their safety or the safety of others and used FORCE that was not “excessive or disproportionate”. Mr Straw – who has helped catch muggers or burglars four times himself – said: “Law-abiding citizens should...
  • Veiled Threat - Why it may be important to see a woman's face

    11/07/2006 5:01:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,729+ views
    National Review via The Manhattan Institute ^ | November 20, 2006 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    Not long ago in the hospital in which I once worked, a young male nurse was asked by the administration to remove the ironmongery with which he had recently adorned his face and ears. He was outraged by this assault on his inalienable right to mutilate himself in any way that he chose, which he believed to be narrow-minded. He was, after all, the owner of his face and ears in fee simple; they were his to dispose of as he saw fit. As it happens, he was a decent and dedicated young man, albeit one with the bad taste...
  • Straw backs BBC Taleban interview

    10/26/2006 10:55:58 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 2 replies · 286+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/26/06 | n/a
    Commons leader Jack Straw has defended the BBC's decision to broadcast an interview with a Taleban spokesman. The report had been "informative" and "good" and it was "important to see the nature of these people", he told MPs. Tory MP Julian Lewis had demanded a ministerial statement on the broadcast of "unalloyed Taleban propaganda". But Mr Straw said "independence of journalism" was one the BBC's strengths and it must not be directly influenced, "particularly" by ministers or MPs. "The difference is that in Taleban-controlled territory, anybody who steps out of line is killed. "We are a democracy, and we are...
  • Straw refuses to back down as he faces constituents

    10/14/2006 2:05:34 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 31 replies · 611+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | October 14, 2006 | Nigel Bunyan
    Anyone expecting Jack Straw to be cowed on his first return to Blackburn since the row over veils embroiled him a week earlier would have been disappointed yesterday.He began the day by engaging in the sort of shuttle diplomacy that was his stock in trade until he left the Foreign Office to become Leader of the Commons. Except that for New York, Baghdad and Teheran read the Asian-dominated suburbs of Brookhouse and Little Harwood. Later, in the town hall, he held court, making clear that he took back not a single word of his remarks and going on to develop...
  • (Robert) Spencer on the Straw Flap at Hotair

    10/13/2006 1:01:08 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 2 replies · 454+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | 10/12/2006 | n/a
    This week's Jihad Watch videoblog at Hotair explores the controversy that Jack Straw, of all people, has kicked up in Britain by suggesting that he'd rather Muslim women didn't wear the niqab when they come see him.
  • Salman Rushdie says Muslim veils 'suck'

    10/10/2006 7:32:51 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 14 replies · 1,083+ views
    ThisIsLondon.co.uk ^ | 10/10/2006 | Staff
    The row over Muslim women's dress codes reignited today after author Salman Rushdie declared that "veils suck". Rushdie, whose book The Satanic Verses triggered death threats from Islamic clerics, gave his full backing to Leader of the Commons Jack Straw for raising the issue. Rushdie was forced into hiding for 10 years after Iranian cleric Ayatollah Khomeini served a "fatwah" on him over his book's alleged slight on the prophet Mohammed. He had round-the-clock police protection costing nearly £1 million a year, although that has been downgraded in recent years after Iran indicated the death sentence no longer applied. But...
  • Row over veil remarks rumbles on (in UK)

    10/08/2006 5:16:23 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 5 replies · 456+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | Oct 8, 2006 | Jeremy Lovell
    A row over Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw's remarks that it would be better for social integration if Muslim women did not veil their faces refused to die down on Sunday. The comments last week by Straw provoked Muslim ire, political tremors and public commentaries that he had voiced a feeling silently held by many people. The row erupted after Straw, whose northern English constituency has a large Muslim population, revealed that he asked visitors to his office to remove their veils, saying they acted as "a visible statement of separation and difference". But he defended Muslims'...
  • My Straw poll: extremists must be seen for what they are

    10/08/2006 4:46:39 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 328+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 9/10/2006 | Charles Moore
    The most interesting thing about Jack Straw's pronouncement on the Muslim veil is that it was made by Jack Straw. No prominent British politician has been more friendly towards Muslims. With 25,000 of them in his Blackburn constituency, he has a clear reason to avoid giving offence. Whether on big policy issues such as Iran's nuclear bomb, on which he was terribly weak when Foreign Secretary, or on small matters of style, Mr Straw has always stood out for his Islamophilia, and has sometimes been craven towards extremists. When the Danish cartoons of Mohammed were published, he attacked the European...
  • Veil: British papers back Straw

    10/07/2006 7:23:13 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 15 replies · 631+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 10/7/2006 | Staff
    British newspapers on Saturday backed cabinet minister Jack Straw after the political storm sparked by his remarks that veils worn by Muslim women harmed community relations. Former foreign secretary Straw wrote in his local newspaper that a veil was "a visible statement of separation and difference" and that he was more comfortable dealing with female visitors to his local political office with their faces uncovered. Most UK dailies turned their leading articles to the nationwide debate -- and subsequent protests -- triggered by Straw, now in charge of government business in the House of Commons. Many of them published picture...
  • Straw veil call sparks Muslim fury (Jack Straw grows a spine?)

    10/06/2006 5:20:47 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 8 replies · 540+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 10/6/2006 | Staff
    A senior British Cabinet minister has sparked fury by saying that Muslim women who wore full veils made community relations more difficult. Jack Straw wrote in a newspaper that a veil was "a visible statement of separation and difference" and that he was more comfortable dealing with female visitors to his local political office with their faces uncovered. But Muslim leaders in Straw's Blackburn constituency in northwest England said many Muslim women would find his comments "offensive and disturbing." Straw, leader of the House of Commons and the former foreign secretary, said he was concerned that "wearing the full veil...
  • Take off your veils, says Straw

    10/05/2006 11:36:08 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 23 replies · 765+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | October 6, 2006 | Nigel Bunyan and Graeme Wilson
    Jack Straw provoked anger yesterday by suggesting that community relations would be helped if Muslim women did not wear full veils.The Leader of the Commons disclosed that for the past year he had been asking women who visited his constituency office to remove their veils so that he could see them face-to-face. He always made sure that he was accompanied by a female member of staff and so far no constituent had refused to lift her veil. Mr Straw said that wearing the full veil was bound to make "better, positive relations" between communities more difficult, as it could be...
  • Sudan Warns Britain That Intervention Could Turn Into Another Iraq

    07/22/2004 7:29:23 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 583+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-23-2004 | George Jones/Andrew Sparrow/Rachel Sylvester
    Sudan warns Britain that intervention could turn into another Iraq By George Jones, Andrew Sparrow and Rachel Sylvester (Filed: 23/07/2004) British troops are welcome to enter the Darfur region, Sudan's foreign minister said yesterday, but they would rapidly find themselves in an Iraq-like situation. Responding to a British newspaper report suggesting that Tony Blair was considering options to send troops to the region, Mustafa Ismail said his government was willing to withdraw from Darfur. Children at Abu Shok refugee camp "We will give him the chance if he can give security to Darfur," Mr Ismail said in Paris. But he...
  • How the US fired Jack Straw

    08/06/2006 5:47:56 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 15 replies · 1,161+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 08/07/06 | William Rees-Mogg
    The Foreign Secretary spoke his mind on the Middle East — and became a target in Washington WHEN JACK STRAW was replaced by Margaret Beckett as Foreign Secretary, it seemed an almost inexplicable event. Mr Straw had been very competent — experienced, serious, moderate and always well briefed. Margaret Beckett is embarrassingly inexperienced. I made inquiries in Washington and was told that Donald Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, had taken exception to Mr Straw’s statement that it would be “nuts” to bomb Iran. The United States, it was said, had put pressure on Tony Blair to change his Foreign Secretary. Mr...
  • Did Bush Force British Minister Out?

    05/07/2006 2:55:41 PM PDT · by gwb43_2004 · 33 replies · 1,233+ views
    CBS NEWS ^ | May 7, 2006
    (CBS/AP) Two London papers have speculated this weekend that complaints by President George W. Bush forced a British minister from his post because of his opposition to the use of nuclear force against Iran. The Independent suggests that a phone call from the U.S. president to British Prime Minister Tony Blair led to the removal of Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Friday. The newspaper reports that friends of Straw believe Mr. Bush was extremely upset when Straw pronounced any use of nuclear weapons against Iran "nuts." Both The Independent and the Guardian write that Straw's "fate was sealed" after a White...
  • Ayatollah Jack Straw, British Foreign Secretary was fired!

    05/05/2006 5:57:13 AM PDT · by remuk · 17 replies · 1,191+ views
    Forbes (AP) ^ | 5 May 2006 | remuk
    Good news, the main advocate of mullahs' appeasement policy and ayatollah lover who had blocked the regime change in Iran for almost a decade is gone. AP says, "Prime Minister Tony Blair fired his law and order chief Friday and chose a new foreign secretary in a wide-ranging Cabinet shuffle a day after his party took a pounding in local elections". I believe a big obstacle towards getting rid of the mullahs for ever is gone, Europe hopefully strengthen its position against Iran and gets tougher on Ahmadinejad. The man is on a head on collision course expecting the...
  • Tony Blair Fires Foreign Secretary(Strident Euroweenie gets the Boot)

    05/05/2006 4:39:01 AM PDT · by gitmogrunt · 20 replies · 809+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 050506 | Beth Gardiner
    By BETH GARDINER, Associated Press Writer LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair fired his law and order chief Friday and chose a new foreign secretary in a wide-ranging Cabinet shuffle a day after his party took a pounding in local elections. The Labour Party pulled 26 percent of the vote to the Conservatives 40 percent, a result that renewed calls from some quarters for the prime minister to step down. Home Secretary Charles Clarke, embroiled in a politically damaging furor over the failure to deport foreign criminals, confirmed that Blair had removed him from office. Defense Secretary John Reid was...
  • I'm all right Jack: Straw forces Rice to sleep on floor: reports

    04/03/2006 6:45:00 PM PDT · by Cecily · 62 replies · 2,837+ views
    Agence France Presse ^ | April 3, 2006
    LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was rapped for ungentlemanly conduct after reportedly commandeering US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's private quarters on her official jet. ADVERTISEMENT Rice was reported in a number of British newspapers to have graciously offered her British counterpart the use of her bed and cabin on the Boeing 757 plane and Straw ungallantly accepted, leaving her to sleep on the floor. What one newspaper called "Bedgate" is said to have happened as the political bedfellows flew to Kuwait at the weekend before transferring to a military flight bound for Baghdad.
  • A day in the life of President Bush (4/3/06): photos

    04/03/2006 5:19:11 PM PDT · by snugs · 184 replies · 3,602+ views
    The President spent the weekend in Crawford Texas. Today the President threw out the first pitch of the Cincinnati Reds opening day baseball game in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before the game he presented Eugene Goss, a junior at Clark Montessori High School in Cincinnati, the Volunteer Service Award as he arrived at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Ky. The First Lady visited schools today. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in England back end of last week and spent Sunday and part of today in Baghdad with Jack Straw, she returned to London today with Jack Straw for...
  • Rice, Straw in Iraq to break deadlock

    04/02/2006 9:51:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies · 546+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Apr 2, 2006 11:44 AM ET13 | Sue Pleming and Mariam Karouny
    By Sue Pleming and Mariam KarounyBAGHDAD (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Britain's Jack Straw flew in secret into Baghdad on Sunday in a dramatic bid to break a deadlock over forming a unity government that can halt a slide to civil war.Pressure on Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari looked almost irresistible as a leader of the biggest party in his ruling Shi'ite Alliance joined others in publicly breaking ranks and calling on him to step aside in the name of national consensus.Though they refused to say so in public, it was a message certainly conveyed, too, by Rice...
  • Rice, Straw pay surprise visit to Baghdad

    04/02/2006 3:35:05 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 29 replies · 962+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 2, 2006
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw paid a surprise visit to Baghdad on Sunday to discuss efforts to form a unity government. British embassy spokeswoman Lisa Glover said Straw was "here to talk about government formation." Straw and Rice are due to meet Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and President Jalal Talabani and other leaders during the day. The visit comes as Jaafari faces mounting pressure from both within his ruling Shi'ite Alliance and rival politicians to step down.
  • Condimania

    04/01/2006 5:56:26 PM PST · by aculeus · 21 replies · 1,044+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | April 2, 2006 | By Elizabeth Day
    The Dean of Blackburn is a holy man and, as such, is not generally touched by earthly desires. He has serious misgivings about the Iraq war. He is a sensible, mild-mannered sort of fellow, not given to unnecessary exaggeration. But that was yesterday. That was BC. Before Condoleezza. "Oh, I thought she was charming," says the Very Rev Christopher Armstrong, reflecting on his hour-long meeting with the US Secretary of State in Blackburn Cathedral. He pauses. A playful half-smile curls his lips. His eyes glaze over slightly and gaze into the middle distance. It is as if he is recalling...
  • The Straw Man

    03/15/2006 10:40:03 AM PST · by anotherview · 4 replies · 281+ views
    Israel & Aliya (blog) ^ | 14 March 2005 | Caitlyn Martin
    Tuesday, March 14, 2006The Straw Man Yesterday I turned on CNN International and promptly saw British Foreign Minister Jack Straw once again equivocating the Iranian nuclear threat with the "threat" posed by Israel's nuclear weapons and saying that once Iran is dealt with Israel will have to be dealt with. I don't know if this was merely a rebroadcast of his statement last Thursday or something new since I didn't catch the story from the beginning. Last week he added: If you want to see a nuclear-free Middle East, you've got to remove that threat from Iran, including the rhetorical...
  • British FM: Israel and Iran Both Potential Threats

    03/11/2006 5:34:24 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 65 replies · 957+ views
    www.arutzsheva.net ^ | 23:51 Mar 11, '06 / 11 Adar 5766 | Ezra HaLevi
    British FM: Israel and Iran Both Potential Threats 23:51 Mar 11, '06 / 11 Adar 5766 By Ezra HaLevi England's Foreign Minister Jack Straw says that the world should worry about disabling Israel's nuclear capabilities as much as it is concerned with preventing Iran from going nuclear. Straw said Thursday that Britain is seeking a "nuclear-free Middle East." He said that Iran and Israel were the only two countries left that posed "potential threats" now that Iraq and Libya's nuclear aspirations have been neutralized. The foreign minister, who has made headlines in the past criticizing the Jewish state, conceded that...
  • Straw (UK) Risks US Fury Over 'Gulag' Guantanamo

    02/21/2006 6:08:28 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 519+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-22-2003 | George Jones
    Straw risks US fury over 'gulag' Guantanamo By George Jones (Filed: 22/02/2006) The confusion within the Government over Britain's attitude to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp deepened yesterday when Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, compared it to a Soviet-style "gulag". It was the most critical description yet by a member of the Cabinet of the camp where terrorist suspects are held indefinitely by the United States authorities. Jack Straw: comments are likely to anger the US Peter Hain, the Northern Ireland Secretary, called last week for its closure, but Tony Blair said only that it was an "anomaly" which would...
  • Straw pursues Iran conciliation(He is slowing down UNSC referral)

    01/28/2006 11:16:39 AM PST · by remuk · 22 replies · 340+ views
    BBC News ^ | January 28, 2006 | BBC World
    The UK Foreign Secretary has said that talks aimed at resolving a dispute over Iran's nuclear programme must allow Iran to maintain its national dignity. "We must have a bargain which enables both sides to come out of it with their head held high," Jack Straw said. He was speaking in a seminar at the World Economic Forum in Davos, after talks with IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei. The US, UK, Germany and France want Iran to be referred to the UN Security Council for censure over its programme...
  • (NBC Nightly News-Andrea)Mitchell Skips Evidence Against Wilson,Relies on Bush Critic

    10/27/2005 9:25:26 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 4 replies · 449+ views
    MRC NewsBusters ^ | Thursday October 27, 2005 | BrentBaker
    On Wednesday night's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Andrea Mitchell filed a story in which she turned to Bush administration critic and former National Security Council member Clint Leverett, "who quit in protest before the war," to contribute a soundbite charging that the Bush administration "had decided to fight back" against Joseph Wilson in response to his criticism of the Iraq invasion. Mitchell also, without challenge, relayed Wilson's contention that his trip to Niger discredited the possibility that Iraq had tried to acquire uranium from Niger, as she merely passed on that he concluded "it wasn't true." Absent was the argument...
  • Britain Rules Out Military Action on Iran

    09/29/2005 9:25:53 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 24 replies · 628+ views
    APee ^ | Sept. 28, 2005 | ED JOHNSON
    Military action against Iran is inconceivable and diplomacy could still end the international standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, said British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, whose country plays a key role in negotiations. Iran insists its nuclear program is designed for generating electricity, but the Bush administration believes Tehran intends to produce atomic weapons and has refused to rule out military strikes. "All United States presidents always say all options are open. But it is not on the table, it is not on the agenda. I happen to think that it is inconceivable," Straw told British Broadcasting Corp. radio on Wednesday....
  • Why Europe Is Wrong on Iran

    05/28/2005 8:49:29 AM PDT · by freeper1995 · 6 replies · 423+ views
    Arab News ^ | 5/28/05 | Amir Taheri
    During his visit to Washington last week, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told his American interlocutors that the European Union’s initiative on Iran, of which his government is a part, was heading for an impasse. But when asked what the next move should be, all that Straw had to say was: Keep talking until after the Iranian presidential election. ... The leadership in Tehran is acting in accordance with its own agenda that is aimed at securing the technological and industrial base that would enable Iran to develop a nuclear arsenal... The Europeans are victims of their own delusions. Their...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 5.18.05

    05/18/2005 4:08:15 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 487 replies · 4,961+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | Wednesday May 18, 2005 | GretchenM
    Prime Minister of Egypt Ahmed Nazif and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw met separately with President Bush at the White House. A grenade thrown toward President Bush in the former Soviet republic of Georgia was live, but failed to explode because of a malfunction, the FBI said today. President's remarks at the RNC Presidential Gala last night. Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island!
  • Straw outlines treaty to regulate arms trade

    03/15/2005 5:52:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 319+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 15, 2005 | Ewen MacAskill
    The British government is to try again today to secure an internationally binding treaty to regulate the arms trade. A similar UN initiative four years ago, aimed at curbing small arms, was blocked by the US president, George Bush, who feared confrontation with the US gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association, one of the biggest vested interests in the country. The foreign secretary, Jack Straw, will today set out details of a proposed treaty to regulate trade in conventional weapons, estimated to be worth about £500bn a year. Saferworld, a UK-based pressure group pushing for control of the...
  • Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw After Meeting(with Secretary of State Rice)

    02/05/2005 3:38:19 AM PST · by windchime · 6 replies · 574+ views
    U.S. Department of State ^ | 2-4-05 | U.S. Department of State
    FOREIGN SECRETARY STRAW: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It has been a very great pleasure to welcome to London Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her first official visit as the United States Secretary of State. And Condoleezza Rice has had a very good discussion this morning with the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and we too have had a very good bilateral discussion. And both the Prime Minister and I opened by congratulating Secretary Rice on her appointment and her endorsement by the Senate. In those confirmation hearings before the United States Senate, Secretary Rice said, and I quote,...
  • Straw raps war 'antis' (Great Britain's Foreign Secretary delivers powerful speech)

    01/31/2005 11:18:40 PM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies · 832+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | January 31, 2005
    Straw raps war 'antis' Lashed out ... Jack Straw     FOREIGN Secretary Jack Straw last night savaged anti-war hypocrites now applauding Iraq’s spectacular election triumph. He accused them of wanting to leave Saddam in Baghdad, free to carry on crushing his people. And he lashed those who want allied troops to go home and leave Iraqis in the lurch. Mr Straw told MPs: “That would be tantamount to ensuring the new forces of democracy are weakened and the forces of terror are strengthened.” He tore into Lib-Dems, telling them: “The consequence of your position was that there would...
  • Yusuf Islam Wants Name Off 'No Fly' List

    10/02/2004 5:10:44 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 54 replies · 1,202+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | October 2, 2004 | AP
    LONDON - Lawyers for the singer once known as Cat Stevens said Friday that they have asked American officials to remove his name from a "no fly" list. The musician, now a peace activist named Yusuf Islam, was expelled from the United States last week after authorities diverted his London-to-Washington flight to Maine to remove him, saying he was suspected of ties to terrorism. The Carter-Ruck law firm said it had asked the U.S. government to explain why it considered Islam a security risk. "I remain bewildered by the decision of the U.S. authorities to refuse me entry to the...
  • Siege 'shows terrorist dangers'

    09/07/2004 10:50:55 PM PDT · by ppaul · 9 replies · 1,160+ views
    10 Downing street ^ | 9/7/04 | staff
    The siege at the school in Russia shows that terrorists are prepared to attack anyone, anywhere, Jack Straw said today. Setting out the United Kingdom's position on the reform of the United Nations, the Foreign Secretary called the siege a "horrible reminder that international terrorism is a present danger to all of us, wherever we are". "The Security Council last night was therefore absolutely correct, in calling for the unconditional release of the hostages, to reaffirm that terrorism is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security." He added that the UN needed to be able to...
  • U.K. Trying to Win Release of Boat Crew Held by Iran

    06/22/2004 8:11:29 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 5 replies · 244+ views
    Bloomberg.com ^ | June 22, 2004 | Bloomberg.com
    <p>June 22 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. diplomats are meeting Iranian government officials to try to secure the release of three Royal Navy patrol boats and eight crew members seized yesterday by Iran in the Shatt al-Arab waterway between Iran and Iraq.</p>
  • Straw defends relationship with US

    04/27/2004 12:53:59 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 210+ views
    icNewcastle ^ | April 27 2004
    Foreign Secretary Jack Straw issued a sharp warning against attempts to undermine Britain's relationship with the United States. His intervention followed an unprecedented open letter from 52 former diplomats strongly criticising the Government's support for American policy in Iraq and the Middle East. Meanwhile an increasingly beleaguered Prime Minister Tony Blair played down the prospect of committing further British troops to Iraq in the wake of the withdrawal of the Spanish forces. Mr Blair said that Britain already had "sufficient" forces in the country, although Downing Street said consultations on troop levels were continuing with other coalition countries. Following talks...
  • Justified And Productive (JP Riposte To British Foreign Minister Jack Straw's Hypocrisy)

    04/19/2004 1:38:59 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 211+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/19/04 | Jerusalem Post
    They had the opportunity to hand themselves to justice and answer for their crimes. They refused to do this. It goes without saying that we would have much preferred this, but the news that Saddam's sons are no longer a threat to the security of Iraq will be a reassurance to the Iraqi people." – Jack Straw, July 22, 2003, on the killing, by US troops, of Uday and Qusay Hussein "One has to treat such claims and proposals by al-Qaida with the contempt they deserve. This is a murderous organization which seeks impossible objectives by the most violent...
  • Straw Condemns Israel's 'Unlawful Killing'

    03/22/2004 1:29:04 AM PST · by maquiladora · 16 replies · 177+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 9:18am (UK) | Geoff Meade
    Foreign Secretary Jack Straw today condemned the killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as “unacceptable, unjust” and unlikely to benefit Israel. The spiritual head of the Palestinian militant group Hamas was targeted in an Israeli air strike while returning from a mosque in Gaza City at daybreak. Mr Straw, arriving in Brussels for EU talks on counter-terrorism, said the attack was nothing more than an “unlawful killing”. He called for restraint on both sides and went on: “All of us understand Israel’s need to defend itself against terrorism which affects it – within international law. But he said Israel was not...
  • UK Foreign Secretary due in Pakistan on Wednesday

    03/02/2004 1:45:27 AM PST · by Prodigal Son · 3 replies · 143+ views
    Pakistan Times ^ | March 2, 2004
    ISLAMABAD: British Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Jack Straw, will be visiting Pakistan from March-3/5 to hold bilateral consultations between the United Kingdom and Pakistan. In addition to a review of bilateral relations, discussions would be held on a wide range of regional as well as global issues including resumption of Pakistan-India dialogue, reconstruction in Afghanistan, counterterrorism and non-proliferation. Pakistan enjoys friendly relations with Britain rooted in a long historical association, which predates partition. The UK is home to more than 750,000 strong community of Pakistani origin who have made a significant contribution to the constitution of a multi-cultural...
  • Straw Seeks Stronger Links with India

    02/06/2004 6:29:37 AM PST · by VinayFromBangalore · 3 replies · 205+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 6 Feb,8:27am (UK) | PA
    Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was meeting India’s top leaders today in a bid to build stronger relations. Straw was to meet External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha before delivering a speech on the fight against terrorism. He also planned meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani, Commerce and Industry Minister Arun Jaitley and the leader of opposition, Sonia Gandhi, Press Trust of India news agency said. In a statement earlier this week in London, Straw said India was a “vital partner for Britain”. “Britain and India are committed to taking our relationship to a new strategic level which reflects the...
  • Jack Straw arrives in Delhi on four-day visit (stategic allience in progress)

    02/05/2004 5:41:06 PM PST · by mylife · 1 replies · 210+ views
    The Hindustan Times ^ | 2/5/04 | Press Trust of India
    Jack Straw arrives in Delhi on four-day visit Press Trust of India New Delhi, February 5 British Foreign Minister Jack Straw arrived on a four-day visit on Thursday as part of a major initiative to work with India to further consolidate the new strategic partnership between the two countries. "India is a vital partner for the UK," Straw said on the eve of his visit in London and added "it is central to six of the UK's eight strategic foreign policy objectives". He said Britain and India were committed to taking their relationship to a "new strategic level" which reflects...
  • UK forces will be 'in Iraq for years'

    01/05/2004 9:05:37 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 144+ views
    icNewcastle ^ | January 05 2004
    British troops will be in Iraq for years not months, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has confirmed. An appointed Iraqi interim administration should take charge as planned on July 1, Mr Straw said. But that would not mean an end to the coalition force's work, he added. There was no "exact timescale" for their withdrawal but "it is not going to be months", he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. "I can't say whether it is going to be 2006, 2007," he said. The US-led force was playing a vital role in ensuring stability and security in Iraq, as they...
  • Jack Straw: The American Values

    11/18/2003 6:27:31 AM PST · by presidio9 · 1 replies · 159+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, November 18, 2003 | Jack Straw
    <p>LONDON -- Last Wednesday, I was privileged to speak at a ceremony at which the George C. Marshall Foundation Award was given to my friend, Colin Powell. It was a wonderful, all-American occasion (us Brits notwithstanding). Beyond its specific task of honoring a local hero, it was, to me, a celebration of the best of America and its international role. Marshall's contribution to the building of a free Europe was at least as great as Winston Churchill's, Jean Monnet's or Robert Schumann's. Pervading the event was the recognition that what flows from the U.S. -- which, with 5% of the world's population produces 25% of the world's wealth, and spends more on defense than the next nine nations combined -- is not raw power but an awareness of responsibility.</p>
  • British foreign secretary derides anti-Bush protesters

    11/12/2003 7:24:24 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 5 replies · 138+ views
    AP ^ | 11/12/03
    LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair's government Wednesday defended President Bush's state visit to Britain next week and derided the "fashionable anti-Americanism" of many protesters. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said people were entitled to demonstrate, but questioned why protesters who planned to march against Bush had not marched against the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein. "What bothers me is the fashionable anti-Americanism that's around," Straw told British Broadcasting Corp. radio. "Many more people I guess will be demonstrating about the United States and the action which the United States has had to take since Sept. 11 than ever they demonstrated...
  • (British Foreign Secretary Jack) Straw commends "courage" of Geneva Initiative negotiators

    10/15/2003 10:17:31 AM PDT · by anotherview · 4 replies · 206+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 15 October 2003 | DOUGLAS DAVIS
    Oct. 15, 2003 Straw commends "courage" of Geneva Initiative negotiators By DOUGLAS DAVIS LONDON Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Photo: AP British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw yesterday praised the "courage" of Israeli and Palestinian "negotiators" who were involved in the Geneva Initiative. According to some media reports, British officials played a central behind-the-scenes role in drafting the "agreement," which would give Palestinians sovereignty over the Temple Mount while nullifying the Palestinians' right to return. Addressing parliament, Straw did not refer to Britain's involvement, but he said: "I commend the courage of all of those involved, especially Yossi Beilin and Yasser Abed...