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  • British ex-PM Blair may have been terrorism target, court hears

    10/14/2014 10:33:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:07am EDT | Michael Holden
    A man charged in Britain with terrorism offenses at a trial so sensitive that prosecutors sought to have it heard entirely in secret might have been planning an attack on ex-prime minister Tony Blair, a court heard on Tuesday. Erol Incedal, 26, was arrested in October last year with another man, Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadja, who last week admitted possessing a bomb-making document on a memory card, prosecutor Richard Whittam said. Incedal, who lives in London and is a British citizen, denies charges of preparing for acts of terrorism with unnamed others abroad and possessing information useful to terrorism. …
  • Ex-British PM Tony Blair named top 'Gay Icon'

    09/26/2014 11:20:03 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    FRANCE 24 ^ | 2014-09-26 | FRANCE 24
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s political legacy may not be universally admired, but on Friday he was named one of the top "gay icons" of the last thirty years in recognition of his work for gay rights. British magazine Gay Times awarded the politician the accolade in an edition marking the newspaper's 30th anniversary. [....] During his time in office the UK introduced civil partnerships, the lowering of the homosexual age of consent from 21 to 16, and the abolition of the "Section 28" law that banned authorities from "promoting homosexuality".
  • ISIS Airstrikes Reflect Lefts Drive-By Mentality to War

    09/23/2014 11:48:52 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 8 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 23, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In his appearances this weekend on BBC and on CNN's State of the Union, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair stressed the need to deploy ground troops in the West's military campaign to drive ISIS (or ISIL if you prefer) from Iraq and/or Syria. Blair was adamant that air strikes alone could not defeat the ISIS insurgents, "You certainly need to fight groups like ISIS on the ground." These words will not be received well by those of the political left, who have adopted a drive-by mentality to war over the past few decades, deluding themselves into believing airstrikes alone...
  • Tony Blair: Now’s the Time to Restore Gaza

    08/27/2014 3:55:10 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/14
    Middle East Quartet Envoy, Tony Blair, applauded the ceasefire in Gaza and called to focus on a long-term plan to restore the region, which would include opening the Strip to the world, under the control of the Palestinian Authority. “Such a plan can allow Gaza residents to lead better lives, and Israeli citizens to live in safety and security,...
  • (Tony) Blair faces being called to Parliament over ‘comfort letters’ to on-the-run IRA suspects

    07/13/2014 11:47:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 07:11 EST, 13 July 2014 | Matt Chorley
    Tony Blair faces being called to Parliament over a secret deal with Sinn Féin, which allowed suspected IRA bombers to avoid prosecution. The former Prime Minister is set to be summoned by the Northern Ireland select committee to explain the controversial “comfort letters” sent to on-the-run suspects telling them they were not being sought by the police. MPs are warning that if he fails to appear, there will be “bad publicity”. The policy led to the collapse of the trial of suspected Hyde Park bomber John Downing in March. The peace process plan agreed between Sinn Féin and Mr Blair’s...
  • David Frum: When Will Republican Leaders Fight Back? (Unintentionally hilarious!)

    06/12/2014 4:45:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 12, 2014 | David Frum, senior editor
    If the GOP is unwilling to stand up to radicals, it might as well just rename itself the Committee to Elect Hillary Clinton. Eric Cantor tried to appease Republican radicals. They turned on him anyway. John Boehner has tried to resist them. They just overwhelmed him. Mitt Romney tried to join them—and in doing so fastened onto his party the platform that lost the presidential election of 2012. At some point, Republican leaders must recognize that they have a fight on their hands whether they like it or not. If they refuse to join that fight, they will be devoured...
  • Ex-Premier Blair: ‘British Understand the Folly of Leaving the EU’

    06/03/2014 2:08:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | June 03, 2014 – 05:45 PM | Carsten Volkery
    Not much has been heard from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair lately. But in recent days, he has waded into the debate surrounding the next EU Commission president. In an interview, he also predicts that the British will vote to stay in the European Union. […] “I believe that Britain ultimately will vote to stay in Europe. In the end, the British understand the folly of leaving Europe. I don’t accept that the British are as anti-European as everyone says. It is a matter of fact that no-one has ever won an election on a platform of hostility to...
  • Tony Blair on the Islamist Threat

    05/01/2014 5:05:19 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 1, 2014 | Mark Durie
    Tony Blair delivered a major speech on April 23 entitled, “Why the Middle East Matters”. In summary, he argued that the Middle East, far from being a “vast unfathomable mess” is deep in the throes of a multi-faceted struggle between a specific religious ideology on the one hand, and those who want to embrace the modern world on the other. Furthermore, the West, blinded up until now as to the religious nature of the conflict, must take sides: it should support those who stand on the side of open-minded pluralistic societies, and combat those who wish to create intolerant theocracies....
  • Tony Blair Rejects David Gregory's 'Nonsense' That Iraq War to Blame for Terrorism

    04/28/2014 2:32:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | April 28, 2014 | Kyle Drennan
    In an interview with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, host David Gregory attempted to blame the war in Iraq for ongoing Islamic terrorism by citing the former head of Britain's MI-5 claiming the conflict "increased the terrorist threat by convincing more people that Osama bin Laden's claim that Islam was under attack was correct" and "provided an arena for the jihad for which he had called." In response, Blair blasted the argument: "We've got to liberate ourselves from this, because we're making a huge error when we end up thinking somehow it's our...
  • 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...
  • Hip-hop propaganda: How the U.S. enlists rap music to fight “jihadi cool”

    03/25/2014 4:09:10 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 6 replies
    www.salon.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Hisham D. Aidi
    Excerpted from "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Culture" One of the odder phenomena of the last decade is hearing national security elites, terrorism experts, and career diplomats discuss the finer points of “flow,” “bling,” and the “politics of cool.” American and European terrorism experts have increasingly expressed concerns over “anti-American hip-hop,” accenting the radicalizing influence of the genre. Noting that Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based Islamist group, uses “jihad rap” in its recruitment videos, Harvard scholar Jessica Stern wrote in Foreign Affairs: “The first- and second-generation Muslim children I interviewed for a study of the sources of radicalization in...
  • British Lords want more power over EU laws

    03/24/2014 10:09:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.03.14 @ 10:15 | Benjamin Fox
    National parliaments should be able to initiate reviews of existing EU law, according to a report by the UK parliament. The paper, published on Monday (24 March), by the House of Lords’ EU committee, says domestic lawmakers should have more power in the EU legislative process. “There should be a way for a group of like-minded national parliaments to make constructive suggestions for EU policy initiatives,” it notes. “We would envisage a ‘Green Card’ as recognizing a right for a number of national parliaments working together to make constructive policy or legislative suggestions, including for the review or repeal of...
  • Tony Blair handed £3m slice of Barack Obama’s aid for Africans

    03/23/2014 8:04:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 8 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | March 23, 2014 | Mathew Holehouse, Edward Malnick
    Tony Blair is celebrating another multi-million pound contract after his charity secured a key deal with the US government. This time, the former prime minister’s Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) has won a £3.3 million contract to play a key role in Barack Obama’s flagship African aid programme.… It is thought to be the third grant obtained by Mr Blair’s charity from USAID. The body was, until last February, overseen by Hillary Clinton, who, along with her husband Bill, the former US president, is a close friend of Mr Blair and his wife, Cherie.
  • Tony Blair ‘brokered deal’ blocking IRA victims from suing Libya

    01/26/2014 11:57:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 27 January 2014 | Adrian Rutherford
    Tony Blair could face legal action amid claims he “connived” with Colonel Gaddafi to block a multi-million pound compensation claim by IRA victims. An email is said to show the former prime minister intervened in a long-running legal action from victims of Libyan-sponsored terrorism. The email suggests Mr. Blair helped to broker an agreement between Gaddafi and US President George W Bush, which saw Libya pay a one-off £1 billion in compensation to US victims of terrorism to settle all actions. […] The Libyan regime supplied Semtex for IRA attacks, said to include the 1987 Enniskillen bomb, which killed 11...
  • Tony Blair’s latest job: Former British PM will help Albania to join the EU

    10/03/2013 2:26:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:25 EST, 3 October 2013 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    Albania’s new Socialist premier says former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will assist as an adviser in his country’s efforts to join the 28-nation European Union. Edi Rama said today that Blair would be “personally, totally and voluntarily” advising the Albanian government and helping with his “extraordinary experience and political geniality.” …
  • 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...
  • Tony Blair: Democracy doesn't on its own mean effective government..(ME stability our job/expensive)

    07/06/2013 5:55:02 PM PDT · by maggief · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 6, 2013 | Tony Blair
    The events that led to the Egyptian army's removal of President Mohamed Morsi confronted the military with a simple choice: intervention or chaos. Seventeen million people on the street is not the same as an election. But it is an awesome manifestation of people power. The equivalent turnout in Britain would be around 13 million people. Just think about it for a moment. The army wouldn't intervene here, it is true. But the government wouldn't survive either. The Muslim Brotherhood was unable to shift from being an opposition movement to being a government. Of course governments govern badly or well...
  • New Outreach: White House Dinners (What sequester? Obamas party with 'one percenters')

    06/18/2013 6:24:13 AM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | Peter Nicholas
    The kids are getting older, the big house on Pennsylvania Avenue is emptier on weekends, and the nation's first couple is filling the time by hosting casual Friday dinner parties that have been known to stretch past midnight. President Barack Obama, often criticized for shunning Washington's social life, has said it had been a priority to devote time to his wife and two daughters. But with Malia, who is nearly 15 years old, and Sasha, 12, now eager to be with friends, the first couple has been hosting more small dinner parties in the White House residence—talk-filled events with business...
  • 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...
  • Blair says extremism within Islam can’t be ingored

    06/02/2013 7:12:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 3, 2013, 1:48 am | Times of Israel staff
    Former British prime minister Tony Blair launched a scathing attack on fundamentalist Islam Sunday, writing that the West needs to admit that there is an ideological issue within the religion. Writing in the Daily Mail about last month’s gruesome murder of soldier Lee Rigby, in what officials have said is an Islamic terror attack, Blair said that the extremist world view within Islam went ” deeper and wider than it is comfortable for us to admit. “There is a problem within Islam – from the adherents of an ideology that is a strain within Islam. And we have to put...
  • 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...
  • Hollande, Merkel call for full-time eurozone boss

    05/30/2013 12:56:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2013 2:46 PM EDT
    France and Germany are pushing to have a full-time official lead the economic and financial policies of the 17-country euro currency bloc. … French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a meeting in Paris that there needs to be a central figure to lead the Eurogroup. Speaking Thursday at a joint press conference, Hollande said he and Merkel “are in agreement that there should be more eurozone summits, with a full-time Eurogroup president with strengthened powers.” “We need more economic policy coordination, especially in the Eurogroup,” Merkel said. …
  • Wife of socialist ex-PM setting up a private health company in a tax haven with a U.S. Right-winger

    05/17/2013 6:36:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 17, 2013 | Paul Scott
    Such are the quirks and foibles of the super-rich that even outwardly simple occasions, such as the celebration of a 60th birthday, can turn into rather complicated productions. Take Cherie Blair’s arrangements to mark her husband Tony’s 60th earlier this month. Knowing how keen he is to stave off the advancing years, she hired an Italian-based ‘detox chef’ to prepare an unimpeachably healthy dinner for the group of family and friends she flew to Europe to mark the event. Then, she engaged the same chef to rustle up another menu of plain, if pricey, offerings for a dozen guests at...
  • (Tony) Blair’s sis-in-law ‘wed a bigamist’

    05/12/2013 1:15:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    The Sun ^ | MAZHER MAHMOOD
    TONY Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth has married a bigamist, it was claimed last night. Lauren, who converted to Islam in 2010, secretly wed social worker Sohale Ahmed in a Muslim ceremony months ago. But the furious mum of Ahmed’s three children says he is still married to HER — and has complained to cops, accusing him of bigamy. Last night sobbing Faiza accused Lauren, half-sister of former PM’s wife Cherie Blair, of destroying her 16-year marriage. She said: “She stole my husband from under my nose. It’s absolutely disgusting. “I regarded her as a friend, a Muslim sister. But she’s...
  • Tony Blair speaks to international challenges in Loyola’s first global studies lecture

    04/10/2013 8:55:47 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/10/2013 | Maria Wiering
    Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair addressed a packed arena at Loyola University Maryland April 9 on the challenges of political leadership in the face of globalization. “The challenges of political leadership today are probably as difficult – if not more so – than any point in time I can remember,” Blair said. Blair’s presentation was the inaugural Hanway Lecture in Global Studies, supported by H. Edward Hanway, chairman of Loyola’s board of trustees. In a 20-minute lecture, Blair said the “chief characteristic of the world today in my view is the scope, the scale and the...
  • Tony Blair's father Leo dies at the age of 89

    11/16/2012 4:34:52 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 16, 2012
    Leo Blair, the father of the former Labour prime minister Tony Blair, has died at the age of 89 Mr Blair was an academic whose jobs included lecturing in law at the Universities of Adelaide and Durham.
  • Tony Blair: the EU needs a president

    10/30/2012 12:39:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:29PM GMT 29 Oct 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Tony Blair has said the EU would be better off with a directly elected president, as he warned deep political rifts between countries could lead to a break-up. In a move interpreted by some as a job application, the former prime minister said the EU could do with a strong leader approved by the people. … Europe’s millions of residents might feel “alienated” unless they have a direct say in who is governing them, Mr. Blair told the Nicolas Berggruen Institute on Governance. …
  • He hated Britain and excused Stalin's genocide. But was hero of the BBC.., Eric Hobsbawm

    10/03/2012 6:41:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 3, 2012 | AN Wilson
    On Monday evening, the BBC altered its programme schedule to broadcast an hour-long tribute to an old man who had died aged 95, with fawning contributions from the likes of historian Simon Schama and Labour peer Melvyn Bragg. The next day, the Left-leaning Guardian filled not only the front page and the whole of an inside page but also devoted almost its entire G2 Supplement to the news. The Times devoted a leading article to the death, and a two-page obituary. You might imagine, given all this coverage and the fact that Tony Blair and Ed Miliband also went out...
  • British Lefty Lauren Booth: You Know What Would Be Hilarious? Abolishing The State Of Israel…

    07/13/2012 3:10:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Weasel zippers ^ | 7/13/12 | Israelly Cool
    Via Israelly Cool: Lauren Booth @LaurenBoothUK NEWS ALERT OBAMA SAYS ISRAHELL FINISHED! ok inshaAllah lol! Share webmedia.newseum.org/batvr/54e960ce… 26 Jun 12 Reply Retweet Favorite Make sure you click on her link to see what she finds so funny. Hint: It involves Obama using the U.S. military to dismantle the state of Israel. Related: Tony Blair’s sister-in-law Lauren Booth converts to Islam after a ‘holy experience’ in Iran HT: Jen
  • Britain's Blair faces grilling over ties to Murdoch

    05/27/2012 10:37:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun May 27, 2012 10:35pm EDT | Kate Holton
    Tony Blair's decision to openly court Rupert Murdoch to win power and ensure favorable coverage during his decade-long tenure as British prime minister will come under scrutiny when he faces a media inquiry on Monday. The inquiry, ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron after Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid admitted hacking phones, has tarnished Britain's elite by laying bare the collusion between politicians, the police and the media. Blair kicks off an important week at the Leveson inquiry by answering questions about his often obsessive media management which included courting Murdoch. The inquiry has so far focused...
  • Tony Blair Wanted to End Speech With: "God Bless Britain"

    05/15/2012 12:04:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5/14/12 | Tim Ross
    Tony Blair has disclosed that he once wanted to end an address to the nation with the words “God bless Britain”. However, the former Prime Minister said his suggestion provoked such strong concern from civil servants that he was forced to drop the idea. Mr Blair said he had intended to echo the traditional closing remark of Presidents in the United States, who typically sign-off television broadcasts by saying, “God Bless America”. For much of his time in office, Mr Blair was accused of adopting a “presidential” style of leadership, and became close to former American presidents Bill Clinton and...
  • Nobel Peace Prize Winner Defends Law Criminalising Homosexuality in Liberia

    03/22/2012 10:01:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies · 3+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3/19/12 | Tamasin Ford and Bonnie Allen
    Exclusive: In joint interview, Tony Blair refuses to comment on Liberian president's remarks supporting anti-gay lawsThe Nobel peace prize winner and president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has defended a law that criminalises homosexual acts, saying: "We like ourselves just the way we are." In a joint interview with Tony Blair, who was left looking visibly uncomfortable by her remarks, Sirleaf told the Guardian: "We've got certain traditional values in our society that we would like to preserve." Liberian legislation classes "voluntary sodomy" as a misdemeanour punishable by up to one year in prison, but two new bills have been...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Blair’s Sister-in-Law Incites Muslims to ‘Liberate’ Jerusalem

    08/28/2011 6:43:21 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | Aug 28, 2011 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The former British prime minister’s family member has previously sailed illegally to Gaza on a flotilla boat. She joined an anti-Israel rally in London Trafalgar’s Square, where another protest today (Sunday) may be the last as the mayor London vows to crack down on the incitement as the date for the next Olympics approaches. "The Mayor believes that intolerance of our fellow citizens and hate crimes against specific communities are totally unacceptable, particularly in a city like London and especially in 2012 when the eyes of the world will be on the capital,” said a spokesman for Mayor Boris Johnson,...
  • Blair: 'Riots Not Caused By Broken Society'

    08/20/2011 5:02:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Blair: 'Riots Not Caused By Broken Society' 11:00pm UK, Saturday August 20, 2011 Peter Spencer, political correspondent Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has weighed into the debate over this summer's rioting, accusing David Cameron, Ed Miliband and his successor as Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown of not properly understanding and addressing the underlying causes. Writing in the Observer, he says suggestions that what happened shows Britain is in moral decline are nonsense. "The big cause is the group of alienated, disaffected youth who are outside the social mainstream and who live in a culture at odds with any canons of...
  • Tony Blair: Gordon Brown tried to blackmail me

    08/31/2010 5:25:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/31/2010 | Robert Winnett and Henry Samuel
    Tony Blair uses his new book to expose Gordon Brown as a manipulative figure who lost a winnable election by abandoning the principles of New Labour. The former prime minister’s memoir discloses that a “maddening” Mr Brown effectively blackmailed him while he was in No 10. He suspects the then chancellor of orchestrating the investigation into the cash-for-honours scandal. Gordon Brown and Tony Blair at a Labour Party rally The pressure on Mr Blair to step aside became so great that he admits he may have become reliant on alcohol as he faced coup attempts from Mr Brown’s supporters. He...
  • World exaggerating global terrorism threat: Blix (stupidity alert)

    03/07/2004 8:44:51 AM PST · by AM2000 · 13 replies · 307+ views
    The Times of India ^ | SUNDAY, MARCH 07, 2004 09:52:34 PM | AFP
    LONDON : The world is overestimating the dangers of global terrorism, especially when compared with a possible greater threat posed by environmental risks, former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix said Sunday. "I think we still overestimate the danger of terror," Blix told BBC television. "There are other things that are of equal, if not greater, magnitude, like the environmental global risks," he said without being more specific. Blix was speaking after British Prime Minister Tony Blair had given an impassioned defence of his decision to back the US-led war against Iraq given the threat of global terrorism. In one...
  • Bush's Second Coup Aids Election Race (Libya)

    12/20/2003 4:02:49 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 160+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 12-21-2003 | Andrew Buncombe
    Bush's second coup aids election race By Andrew Buncombe in Washington 21 December 2003 The announcement by Libya has given President Bush his second coup in a week and delivered a resounding blow against Howard Dean, the man most likely to be his challenger in next year's presidential race. When Saddam Hussein was dragged from a hole near Tikrit last weekend, Mr Dean pointed out that his capture had done nothing to make America safer - an analysis shared by many observers. Just six days later, however, the White House has been able to respond with what was presented as...
  • 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 country’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 £1,800 each to Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, two men who had booked a room in...
  • Why Would a Woman Convert to Islam? (Tony Blair's sister-in-law embraces Islam after trip to Iran)

    11/29/2010 11:12:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/28/2010 | Herbert London
    A high-profile conversion begs the question: what are these women seeking that they could not find under liberty? Very recently Tony Blair’s sister-in-law, journalist Lauren Booth, embraced the faith after what she described as a “holy experience” in Iran. Based on what Ayaan Hirsi Ali has described as the brutal, totalistic character of Islam, one is obliged to ask why any modern career woman would opt for conversion to the Muslim religion. After all, as so many autobiographies of Muslim women note, the religion bans anything that is fun (“haram,” or forbidden). No chewing of gum, no bicycle riding, no...
  • 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

    10/25/2010 5:36:07 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 40 replies
    Logans Warning ^ | October 25Th, 2010 | Christopher Logan
    Recently UK Soccer Star Marlon King had joined the enemy, and converted to Islam. To make matters worse, Lauren Booth who is sister in law of Tony Blair, has also converted to Islam. Booth who recently had some kind of Islamic “awakening”, had converted after protesting against Israel with a million hatemongers in Iran.
  • Bam's 'sorry' mistake

    09/12/2010 4:12:33 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 12, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    Coming nine years into the world created by 9/11, his words are haunt ing. And timely. "The problem is not simply the extremism. And I think one of the mistakes is in thinking that if you deal with the extremists, you deal with the problem." Ideally, such words of wisdom would come from President Obama. But they didn't, because Obama remains stuck in the feel-good myth that the problem is limited to a "tiny minority" of Muslims distorting Islam and that America must prove it is worthy of trust. We therefore turn to Tony Blair for the clear-eyed view that...
  • I Like Tony Blair

    09/09/2010 4:56:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2010 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I like Tony Blair. The left always is lecturing us conservatives on moderation. It would do us good, the left says. If only we were moderate, we might win the fall elections. Yet we are likely to go for people like Joe Miller in Alaska and the dreaded Sharron Angle in Nevada, and we are going to get clobbered -- or at least not win as thumpingly as expected. For some reason, this troubles sages E.J. Dionne and Sam Tanenhaus. I sense they cry crocodile tears, but maybe I have misperceived them. Maybe they really wish us the...
  • Tony Blair: the best President the United States never had?

    09/04/2010 8:49:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 09/03/2010 | Tony Harnden
    He could never run for the White House because he was not born in the United States but, Tony Blair could have been the ideal American candidate. t was fitting that Tony Blair should have been in Washington taking part in the Middle East summit when his startlingly candid memoir A Journey was published in the USA. While he left office as a derided and diminished figure in Britain, on this side of the Pond he was still treated with near reverence by Left and Right. Over the past decade, the easiest way of bonding with an American of any...
  • 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...
  • Tony Blair: Diana was a manipulator like me

    09/01/2010 5:20:55 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    UK Daily Telegraph ^ | 31 Aug 2010
    When Diana, the 'People's Princess' died, Tony Blair felt a duty to 'protect the monarchy from itself'. Diana, Princess of Wales was down to earth, charming and intelligent, but also stubborn and prone to be over-emotional, says Mr Blair. He recalls meeting the Princess at Chequers in July 1997, the month before she died, saying he felt an uneasiness about her relationship with Dodi Fayed but could not put his finger on why. He says she did not appreciate him broaching the subject with her. “We were both, in our own way, manipulators” — good at grasping the feelings of...