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  • Understanding the Caliphate Curve

    01/21/2016 12:16:21 PM PST · by Twotone · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Jan. 21, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    A report by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation found that the Syrian rebels were mostly Islamic Jihadists and that even if ISIS were defeated there were 15 other groups sharing its worldview that were ready to take its place.
  • Support for Isis stretches 'deep into parts of Muslim societies,' says Blair (Trump 2016!)

    12/09/2015 7:45:29 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 3 December 2015 20.26 EST | Nicholas Watt
    Support for Isis stretches 'deep into parts of Muslim societies,' says Blair Former prime minister warns of large-scale terror attacks in Europe as he praises MPs for voting for airstrikes in Syria and says Isis ideology ‘has deep roots’ Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent Thursday 3 December 2015 20.26 EST Support for the propaganda of Islamic State stretches “deep into parts of Muslim societies”, Tony Blair has said as he warned of terror attacks on a larger scale than the shootings and bombings in Paris last month unless the group and its ideology are defeated. In a speech in Washington,...
  • Fmr London Mayor: 7/7 Suicide Bombers ‘Gave Their Lives…In Protest’

    11/27/2015 4:32:46 PM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/27/15 | Kerry Picket
    Ken Livingstone, former mayor of London and member of Britain’s Labour Party, excused the terrorists who were part of the 2005 London terrorist attacks and instead blamed then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair.Appearing on BBC Thursday, Livingstone, who was mayor of London at the time of the attacks, said of the suicide bombers, “Go and look what they put on their website. They did those killings because of our invasion of Iraq. They gave their lives, they said what they believed, they took Londoners’ lives in protest against our invasion of Iraq.”He added, “and we were lied to by Tony Blair about...
  • Former PM urged Hillary Clinton not to 'humiliate' dictator as he attempted to broker peace

    11/01/2015 6:52:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/31/15 | Daniel Bates
    Emails reveal Blair's fight to save Gaddafi: Former PM urged Hillary Clinton not to 'humiliate' dictator as he attempted to broker peace after eruption of civil war Extraordinary details of Tony Blair's involvement with Colonel Gaddafi's tottering Libyan regime are revealed in the latest of Hillary Clinton's emails released by the US State Department. Mr Blair repeatedly spoke to the dictator on the phone in an attempt to broker peace after civil war erupted in 2011. Mr Blair, then Middle East peace envoy, said he found the despot's right hand man 'sensible' and urged Mrs Clinton, at that time the...
  • Tony Blair Apologizes For Iraq War Mistakes But Does Not Regret Toppling Saddam Hussein

    10/26/2015 7:28:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/26/2015 | By Aditya Kondalamahanty
    Former British prime minister Tony Blair has apologized for Iraq war "mistakes" and expressed regret about failing to properly plan after toppling the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003, in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, which is due to be aired Sunday. For the first time publicly, Blair has admitted to oversights in intelligence and planning of the war -- referring to the allegation that Saddams regime possessed weapons of mass destruction, a claim used by the U.S. and British governments to justify launching the invasion. "I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong. I also...
  • 'I'm sorry': Historic moment Tony Blair FINALLY apologises for Iraq War

    10/24/2015 8:29:04 PM PDT · by DaveinOK54 · 121 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/24/15 | Simon Walters and Glen Owen and Martin Beckford and Daniel Bates
    Tony Blair has finally said sorry for the Iraq War and admitted he could be partly to blame for the rise of Islamic State. The extraordinary confession by the former Prime Minister comes after 12 years in which he refused to apologise for the conflict. Blair makes his dramatic mea culpa during a TV interview about the hell caused by his and George Bushs decision to oust Saddam Hussein. (snip)
  • Gadhafi (Libya)armed al-Qaeda with germ bombs (bioterror): report

    12/28/2003 12:08:47 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 108 replies · 366+ views
    Hindu News ^ | Dec. 28, 2003 | PTI
    London, Dec 28. (PTI): Libyan leader Maommar Gadhafi, who recently abandoned his country's weapons of mass destruction programme, had armed al-Qaeda terror network with germ bombs, a report claimed today. Libyan intelligence chief Musa Kusa told British secret service agency Mi5 that tens of thousands of weapons had been produced at 10 secret sites in the country, the Sunday Express said. Kusa has named 500 al-Qaeda terrorists in Britain and the information he gave is being checked, it said. Libya was closer than Syria, Iran and Iraq to producing a nuclear bomb but last week Gadhafi surrendered his weapons of...
  • Smoking gun emails reveal Blair's 'deal in blood' with George Bush over Iraq (tr)

    10/17/2015 8:14:36 PM PDT · by SubMareener · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19:49 EST, 17 October 2015 | Glen Owen and William Lowther
    A bombshell White House memo has revealed for the first time details of the deal in blood forged by Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War. The sensational leak shows that Blair had given an unqualified pledge to sign up to the conflict a year before the invasion started. It flies in the face of the Prime Ministers public claims at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis. He told voters: Were not proposing military action in direct contrast to what the secret email now reveals.
  • Blair Was Bound to Iraq War a Year Before Invasion

    10/18/2015 12:11:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Sunday, 18 October 2015
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was committed to joining the United States in the Iraq war a year before the 2003 invasion, documents obtained by a Sunday newspaper suggested. The revelations focus on a memo allegedly written by former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell on March 28, 2002 to then president George Bush a week before the U.S. leaders meeting with Blair at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. On Iraq, Blair will be with us should military operations be necessary, wrote Powell, in a document the Mail on Sunday published on its website.
  • Jeremy Corbyn: 9/11 Was 'Manipulated' [UK Shadow Prime Minister Says It Was A Hoax!!]

    09/25/2015 7:04:57 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | September 25, 2015 | Peter Dominiczak
    Jeremy Corbyn: 9/11 Was 'Manipulated' In comments that will raise questions about his suitability to lead the Labour Party, Mr Corbyn appeared to blame George Bush and Tony Blair for using the September 11 attacks in New York to allow them to go to war By Peter Dominiczak 25 Sep 2015 Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that 9/11 was "manipulated" to make it look like Osama Bin Laden was responsible to allow the West to go to war in Afghanistan.
  • Labour Elects Far-Left Leader in British Politics Shake-Up

    09/12/2015 7:48:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/12/2015
    LONDON A veteran anti-war campaigner known for his unapologetically socialist views has won a landslide victory to lead Britain's opposition Labour Party an outcome that delighted supporters and dismayed others who never imagined he could be elected. The overwhelming support for far-left lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn, 66, was one of the biggest shake-ups in British politics in decades. His win Saturday marks a sharp left turn for his party and will significantly challenge the tone of mainstream British politics, which is now dominated by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives. "It's certainly the most high-profile position an overt socialist...
  • Hillary Clinton May Have Broken US Secrecy Rules With Emails From Tony Blair and Downing Street

    09/01/2015 5:22:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | September 01, 2015 | Raf Sanchez
    Hillary Clinton May Have Broken US Secrecy Rules With Emails From Tony Blair and Downing Street New emails show Clinton had sensitive information from Blair and UK officials on her personal email J. William Leonard said the British messages handled by Mrs Clinton's personal email account were "born classified" By Raf Sanchez, 01 Sep 2015 Hillary Clinton may have broken US secrecy rules by handling classified information from Tony Blair and the British government on her personal email account. Newly disclosed emails from Mrs Clinton's time as US secretary of state show she regularly received sensitive details from Mr Blair...
  • Tony Blair's new role fighting anti-Semitism - a kick in the teeth for Palestinians?

    06/18/2015 10:38:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 05 Jun 2015 | Maryyum Mehmood
    Former prime minister has already been accused of taking sides in his previous role as peace envoy Tony Blair is set to serve as Chair of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation Photo: Rex Features Just days after his resignation as Middle East peace envoy, Tony Blair has announced he will be taking on a new role, this time based in Europe. Blair is set to serve as Chair of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), an opinion-making and advisory body seeking to tackle amongst other social ills, racism, Xenophobia and anti-Semitism across the Continent. Inevitably, Blairs...
  • Up to 1 Million Libyan Refugees Waiting to Board Ship for Europe.

    04/22/2015 8:47:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 21, 2015 | Richard Fernandez
    One of the more interesting aspects of this flood of human misery is that it is not entirely spontaneous. Jihadi groups are doing their best to encourage it. ... That would not be surprising. In 2004 Europe agreed to pay Muhammar Gaddafi four billion pounds a year in exchange for a promise to halt people smuggling to Europe. Experts have also drawn links between the massive rise in would-be migrants and a so-called deal in the desert struck by Tony Blair in 2004 which saw the late Muammar Gaddafi agree to crack down on human traffickers as well as...
  • Europe: Time for the Third Way

    03/05/2015 10:11:06 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    The Office of Tony Blair ^ | 2/11/2015 | Tony Blair
    Europe as an entity and as an ideal is more needed than ever. The individual countries of Europe need the collective power of Europe to assert their interests, influence and values. Yet, as the impasse over Greece confirms, the continent is in crisis. Many assume that some form of compromise is in the offing. Debt can somehow be kicked down the road. The Greek government will bend; the troika of creditors the EU, ECB and International Monetary Fund will bend and somewhere in the middle the two will come together. I do not see it. Greece is part...
  • 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 Blairs 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: Nows 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 Fin, 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 Fin and Mr Blairs...
  • 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 themand 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 dont 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: Arent 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 Bushs 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. Isnt 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 Obamas 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 ministers Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) has won a 3.3 million contract to play a key role in Barack Obamas flagship African aid programme. It is thought to be the third grant obtained by Mr Blairs 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 Blairs 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)
    Albanias new Socialist premier says former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will assist as an adviser in his countrys 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 Israels 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 residencetalk-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 cant 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 months 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 todays 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 Franois 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 Blairs arrangements to mark her husband Tonys 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) Blairs sis-in-law wed a bigamist

    05/12/2013 1:15:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    The Sun ^ | MAZHER MAHMOOD
    TONY Blairs 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 Ahmeds 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 PMs wife Cherie Blair, of destroying her 16-year marriage. She said: She stole my husband from under my nose. Its absolutely disgusting. I regarded her as a friend, a Muslim sister. But shes...
  • Tony Blair speaks to international challenges in Loyolas 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. Blairs presentation was the inaugural Hanway Lecture in Global Studies, supported by H. Edward Hanway, chairman of Loyolas 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. Europes 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 Blairs 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...