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  • John Major: case for second Brexit referendum is credible

    11/25/2016 3:55:50 AM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/25/16 | Peter Walker
    Sir John Major has become the second former prime minister within 24 hours to question the Brexit process, saying in a speech that there is a “perfectly credible” case for a second referendum on leaving the EU. Speaking shortly after Tony Blair argued in an interview that Brexit could be reversed if the public changed its mind, Major said that the 48% of voters who wanted to remain should not be subject to the “tyranny of the majority”. The former Conservative prime minister said at a private dinner that the opinions of remain voters should also be heard in the...
  • Brexit can be stopped, insists Tony Blair as he rules out return to frontline politics

    11/24/2016 11:19:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-24-2016 | Laura Hughes
    Britain's exit from the EU could be blocked, Tony Blair has said, as he ruled out a return to frontline politics because there is “too much hostility” towards him. The former Labour prime minister said he had been accused of “treason” for suggesting that Britain keep its “options open” over Brexit. But he insisted that voters had a right to decide they want to stay in the EU after “scrutinising” Theresa May’s final deal with European leaders.
  • Fox Cuts Off Former UK PM Tony Blair to Hear Trump’s Take on Brexit

    06/24/2016 7:39:39 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | Alex Griswold
    Fox News scored quite the interview Friday morning with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair to get his take on the successful British referendum to leave the European Union, but decided to cut it short to hear Donald Trump speak. Blair was the perfect guest to discuss the political and legal turmoil now facing Britain, and especially to discuss the news that Prime Minister David Cameron will be resigning in the coming months. But then Trump began speaking in Scotland, and Fox made up its mind.
  • SKY News Calls It Briexit! (This is a victory for Trump as well)

    06/23/2016 8:44:21 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 41 replies
    SKY News
    Just called it for OUT. This is a rejection pf all Obama and Hillary hold so dear. Plus, with the pre-election polls showing Remain winning, it again shows how the "silent majority" have again been heard at polls. Many MOR voters will not tell pollsters they will vote Trump, but they willQ
  • Tony Blair Accused Of Conspiracy Of Silence To Flood Britain With Two Million Migrants

    02/28/2016 10:19:17 AM PST · by ruination · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Feb. 28, 2016 | Oliver JJ Lane
    A new biography of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is to make a series of claims about his time in office including revelations on his handling of the Iraq War, his business dealings, and immigration policy. Tom Bower’s Broken Vows: Tony Blair – the Tragedy of Power, which is presently being serialised in the Daily Mail states Mr. Blair presided over a “silent conspiracy” to flood the United Kindgom with migrants, ordering his ministers to not discuss the subject in public.
  • Tony Blair: Modern Politics 'Unnerving' to Political Veterans

    02/25/2016 11:45:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Newsmaxi ^ | Thursday, 25 Feb 2016 01:10 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    There is a strain in today's politics that unnerves people who thought they understood the political world, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday. However, he refused to draw a straight line between British Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders. "Obviously I didn't support Jeremy Corbyn ... but he did get elected by the party membership, so it's not as if he's got no support," Blair told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "What there is today are these great insurgent movements around individuals that gather immense momentum, carry people along with them." ...
  • 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 Saddam’s 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 Bush’s 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 Minister’s public claims at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis. He told voters: ‘We’re 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. leader’s 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, Blair’s...
  • 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 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